United Nations Children's Fund representative in Yemen has warned of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, saying more than 124,000 cases are recorded so far as the disease continues to spread.
“The cholera outbreak in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming speed. Over 124,000 cases have been recorded – almost half of them are children,” said Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.
Relaño noted that children suffer most from the war in Yemen, with many of them suffering from malnutrition.
At least 923 people have died from the disease since late April, she said, adding that children account for one quarter of the deaths.
“The cholera outbreak is overwhelming what remains of Yemen’s conflict-battered health system. Hospitals and treatment centers are struggling to cope with the large number of patients coming in from across the country. Medicines and intravenous fluids are quickly running out.”
Cholera is an infection caused by ingestion of Vibrio cholerae bacteria in water or food contaminated with feces. Symptoms include sudden onset of watery diarrhea that can lead to death by severe dehydration.
According to aid workers, Yemen, which has been suffering from Saudi Arabia’s continuous attacks since 2015, is experiencing a humanitarian crisis.
As well as living in the crossfire, Yemeni people can no longer afford food, shelter or medicine, as the aggression has crippled the economy.