Spokesman of Health Ministry: the indicators of cholera infection is very high this year (2019)
Spokesman of the Ministry of Public Health and Population Dr. Yousef al-Hadri last week said that 125 people had died because of water diarrhea epidemic “cholera” since the beginning of 2019.
“The cases infected with cholera exceeded 82,000 infected and suspicious cases since the beginning of the current year until Wednesday, 125 of which died, with an increase of 25 per cent from the last year 2018,” added Dr. al-Hadri .
The spokesman noted that the indicators of cholera infection is very high this year, before the start of summer and the rainy season, which provides a fertile environment for the spread of the epidemic.
“There are approximately 500 corners and treating centers for free in all provinces, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF,” said Dr. al-Hadri, adding that these centers became unable to receive the increasing numbers of patients.
Dr. al-Hadri attributed the frighteningly spread of epidemics to the destruction caused by the coalition aggression to the water services and sewage networks in remote areas, in addition to the lack of awareness in the community.
He called on the Ministry’s partners, topped by the WHO and UNICEF, to urgently provide the necessary needs such as camps and medicines before the disaster worsened.
The spokesman also called on the Ministry of Water and the local authorities in the provinces to take their national responsibilities, stressing the importance of raising awareness and healthy culture about the concepts of prevention among the society members.
Since March 2015, the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen has used tactics and strategies that amount to war crimes against humanity. Humanitarian assistance and imports of food, medicine and fuel have been blocked. Food production and distribution facilities, including markets and water wells, have been bombed.
Schools, hospitals and other infrastructure essential to the survival of the civilian population have been destroyed. Predictably, the result has been the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with mass starvation, outbreaks of cholera and dengue fever, and the internal displacement of millions.