Cholera epidemic in Yemen: One child gets infected every minute

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 14 Jun 2017, 18:29:33 | Updated : 14 Jun 2017, 18:34:01
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Cholera epidemic in Yemen: One child gets infected every minute

Cholera epidemic in Yemen: One child gets infected every minute
A cholera epidemic raging across Yemen is spiralling out of control, with around one child falling sick every minute, an aid agency warned Wednesday.

Thousands of people could die in the coming months with up to 300,000 cases predicted, Save the Children said, adding that the infection rate had tripled in a fortnight.

Two years of civil war, near-famine conditions and a lack of access to clean water have exacerbated the spread of cholera — a diarrheal disease that can kill within hours, says a Reuters report carried in Arab News.

The country’s health system is reeling with hospitals overwhelmed and quickly running out of medicines and intravenous fluids.

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said more than 920 people had died from the disease since late April and more than 124,000 cases had been recorded – almost half of them children.

Grant Pritchard, Save the Children’s representative in Yemen, called for an increase in emergency funding to tackle the epidemic.

“It’s time for the world to take action before thousands of Yemeni boys and girls perish from an entirely preventable disease,” he said in a statement.

“Disease, starvation and war are causing a perfect storm of disaster for Yemen’s people. The region’s poorest country is on the verge of total collapse, and children are dying because they’re not able to access basic health care.”

More than 2 million children are acutely malnourished, making them particularly vulnerable to cholera as their weakened systems are less able to fight off disease, Save the Children said.

 
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