Yemen declares emergency over cholera outbreak
SANAA: Authorities in Sanaa, which is controlled by Shiite rebels, have declared a state of emergency over a deadly outbreak of cholera that has spread rapidly in the Yemeni capital.
The Huthi-run health ministry said it was “unable to contain this disaster”, in a statement carried by the rebels’ Saba news agency.
It launched an appeal for help from international humanitarian organisations.
Hafid bin Salem Mohammed, the rebel Health Minister, said on Huthi-run Al-Masira television the “scale of the disease is beyond the capacity” of his department.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday the cholera outbreak has killed 115 people and left 8,500 ill between April 27 and Saturday.
“We now are facing a serious outbreak of cholera,” Dominik Stillhart, the director of operations at the ICRC, said here.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed fears that health authorities alone will not be able to deal with the outbreak.
“MSF calls on international organisations to scale up their assistance urgently to limit the spread of the outbreak and anticipate potential other ones,” it said.
A Yemeni woman receiving treatment at a hospital in Sanaa yesterday.