More than 124 000 hit by cholera in Ye­men

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MOSCOW: The cholera out­break in Ye­men con­tin­ues to spread, with more than 124 000 cases recorded so far, half of them are chil­dren, the UN Chil­dren’s Fund (Unicef) rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ye­men said yes­ter­day.

“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,” Mer­itx­ell Re­lano said.

Ac­cord­ing to Unicef, a to­tal of 923 Ye­me­nis be­came vic­tims of the cholera out­break in the coun­try since late April and chil­dren ac­counted for one quar­ter of the deaths.

Re­lano high­lighted that the num­ber of the func­tion­ing health in­sti­tu­tions was lim­ited, while hos­pi­tals were strug­gling to pro­vide proper treat­ment to the large in­flux of pa­tients. “The cholera out­break is over­whelm­ing what re­mains of Ye­men’s con­flict-bat­tered health sys­tem. Hos­pi­tals and treat­ment cen­tres are strug­gling to cope with the large num­ber of pa­tients com­ing in from across the coun­try. Medicines and in­tra­venous flu­ids are quickly run­ning out,” he added.

The Unicef rep­re­sen­ta­tive stressed that work­ers con­tin­ued to make ef­forts in re­spond­ing to the emer­gency, even re­ceiv­ing no salaries for months. – Sput­nik

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