Ye­men de­clares emer­gency over cholera out­break

New Straits Times - - World -

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.

AFP PIC

A Ye­meni woman re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at a hos­pi­tal in Sanaa yes­ter­day.

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