ASIA/YEMEN - Cholera hits Yemen: One third of cases in the Country concern children

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Sana'a (Agenzia Fides) – There is a cholera emergency in Yemen. The pandemic is spreading throughout the Country. According to data from the United Nations Children's Organization, a third of registered cases concern children. Local authorities report 11,000 suspected cases and 250 infected patients. Over the last three weeks, approximately 130 people have died in several provinces of the nation, the same figure recorded in 2016. Between April 27 and May 16, Unicef identified possible suspects of cholera in the provinces of Saná, Dhalea, Ibb, Taiz, Dhamar, Hajjah, Bayda, Amanat, Asima and Hudaydah.
Moreover, about 2.2 million children suffer from malnutrition, 462,000 of them are suffering from a severe form of malnutrition. The population faces a new health crisis. 25% of cases are in the province of Sana'a. Hospitals and medical centers are having difficulty in assisting the large number of patients with cholera symptoms due to the shortage of doctors and nursing staff. The previous epidemic had been recorded this past winter with 27,000 cases and 130 deaths. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 17/5/2017)