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Cholera devours Yemen's people, recording more than 1,054 deaths

Cholera devours Yemen's people, recording more than 1,054 deaths, WHO says
More than 151,400 suspected cholera cases and 1,054 associated deaths have been reported in 20 governorates in Yemen since 27 April 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced.

WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are honing in on areas reporting the highest number of cases to stop the disease from spreading further.

The race to contain the cholera outbreak will not be won easily as the country’s health system has been nearly destroyed by more than two years of intense conflict.

Less than half of the country’s health centers are fully functional. Medical supplies are flowing into the country at a third of the rate that they were entering Yemen before March 2015.

Important infrastructure has been damaged by the violence, cutting 14.5 million people off from regular access to clean water and sanitation. Health and sanitation workers have not received their salaries in more than eight months.

Yemen has fallen into civil war in 2014 after Houthis overran capital Sana'a and other provinces. The war has killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, and displaced over 2 million others.
Last Modified: Sunday، 18 June 2017 12:50 PM
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