NEWS DESK – The number of people suffering from the cholera epidemic in Yemen is 1,000,000 people, where Yemen is witnessing the worst humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing war in the country and the lack of food and medicine.
The International Committee of Red Crescent (ICRC) said on Thursday the number of potential cholera cases in Yemen had reached 1,000,000, with more than 80% of the population suffering from food shortages, fuel, clean water and health care.
the ICRC says. “Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, is suffering the worst humanitarian crisis because of the proxy war between Houthis allied to Iran and Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by the Saudi-led Arab alliance.”
More than 14 million people are denied access to safe drinking water, sanitation in Yemen and cholera is transmitted through consumption of contaminated water or food.
Most people who suffer from infection have no symptoms and some have mild symptoms, but the disease can kill the patient within hours if left untreated.
Yemen’s health facilities face difficulties in dealing with the infection, half of them crippled by the damage they have suffered in more than 2 years of conflict between pro-government forces and Houthis.
The World Health Organization said there was a severe shortage of medicines and 30,000 health workers had not been paid for nearly a year.