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As Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Spreads at An Alarming Rate, Officials Race to Respond

MAY 22, 2017 | KRISTI ROSA
“To bring the outbreak under control, it won’t be enough simply to treat those people who reach medical facilities. We also need to address the source of the disease, by improving water and sanitation and working in communities to prevent new cases,” said Abou Chaar.

When dealing with a disease that can kill within just a matter of a few hours if left untreated, quick response is imperative. To address the medicinal shortages, WHO is working with partners to distribute medicine as well as supplies, which include “cholera kits, oral rehydration solutions, and intravenous fluids.” They are also working in distributing “medical furniture and equipment for diarrhea treatment centers.” In fact, 10 such centers are being established in “affected areas.” In addition to these centers, WHO is working on creating “oral rehydration therapy corners” which will provide treatment for diarrhea-associated dehydration, ranging from mild to moderate in severity; 10 of these corners will be established in Sana’a.



MSF has also been committed to helping control infection—the organization has already treated 3,092 patients in 4 cholera treatment centers as well as 9 treatment units in “the governorates of Amran, Houdaydah, Hajja, Al Dhale, Taiz, and Ibb.”
“We are very concerned with the re-emergence of cholera across several areas of Yemen in the past couple of weeks. Efforts must be scaled-up now to contain the outbreak and avoid a dramatic increase in cases of diarrhoeal disease,” said Dr. Nevio Zagaria, WHO representative in Yemen.
 
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