The Rising Outbreak of Cholera in Yemen

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-07-09 02:53 PM UTC


Cholera cases keep spreading in Yemen at an alarming rate, causing serious diseases and deaths in several Yemeni provinces.

Twenty out of Yemen’s 22 governorates have seen a surge in the number of people with acute watery diarrhea. Reports have revealed that more than 63,000 cases have been documented in the country as of May 31. over 2,700 of the tested cases came back positive for cholera, the reports said.

Sources in Sanaa, Taiz, and Al-Hudaydah have confirmed the continued rise in cholera cases.

Yesterday, a health source in Al-Hudaydah province revealed that the number of cholera infections and deaths is constantly increasing. According to the source, the spread of cholera is higher in the districts of Bajil Al-Hawak  and Al-Hali.

The source confirmed that the number of reported cholera deaths in Al-Hudaydah has reached 23, including 14 children.

Acute watery diarrhea has been a recurrent disease in Yemen for years. However, the recent surge in cases forms a risk to the lives of people with limited access to healthcare.

Cholera cases have also steadily increased in Taiz province since the beginning of this year. On Sunday, July 7, the Director of Epidemiological Surveillance in Taiz, Abdulmalik Yassin, said that the number of suspected cases has reached 2,900. Of which, 600 cases of cholera were confirmed, and 25 deaths.

The health official indicated that one of the reasons for the increase in cholera is unclean water as well as the weak precautionary measures.

The total number of cases recorded between January 1 and April 29, 2024, across all 22 governorates was estimated to be around 30,000.

Health experts say that preventative measures such as providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices, as well as extensive health promotion efforts, can effectively address the rising spread of cholera cases.

Yemeni doctors in Sanaa and Taiz say the scarcity of resources represents an obstacle for medical teams in controlling the epidemic, which has caused many residents to become infected in light of the lack of awareness of preventive measures.

In Yemen, 46% of all health facilities are partially functioning or completely out of service due to shortages of electricity, equipment, funds, staff, and medicines.