UN: Cholera out­break in Ye­men has spread and over 1,600 dead

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — The United Na­tions says the cholera out­break in war-torn Ye­men has now spread to all 21 gov­er­norates and there have been 270,000 sus­pected cases and over 1,600 deaths from the dis­ease since late April. UN spokesman Stephane Du­jar­ric says the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and its part­ners re­ceived 400 tons of med­i­cal sup­plies and equip­ment Tues­day, in­clud­ing 30 am­bu­lances and kits to treat 10,000 peo­ple in Aden and Hodeida.

Du­jar­ric told re­porters Wed­nes­day that WHO’s part­ners will set up 2,350 beds at 600 points through­out Ye­men to treat cholera vic­tims with oral re­hy­dra­tion. The World Food Pro­gram said over 17 mil­lion Ye­me­nis don’t know where their next meal will come from. A two-year Saudi-led cam­paign against Houthi rebels has dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture and caused medicine short­ages in the Arab world’s poor­est coun­try.

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