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Cholera surge stalks Yemen’s hungry and displaced

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Dr Asmahan Ahmed on Tuesday said she has seen a surge in suspected cholera cases arriving at her health centre in Abs, a small, Houthi-held town in northwest Yemen in the last two weeks.


“Every day there are 30 to 50 cases. Suddenly it became like this,” she said in the 15-bed diarrhea treatment centre.

Yemen is suffering its third major cholera outbreak since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened to try to restore Yemen’s internationally recognised government after it was ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

The conflict has put 10 million people at risk of famine in the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis.

Cholera causes profuse diarrhea and fluid loss, which can kill within hours.

Children, the elderly and those weakened by years of poor nutrition are most at risk.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said recently that Yemen had seen over 724,000 suspected cholera cases and 1,135 deaths this year, except that case numbers had stabilised in recent weeks.

In the clinic, limp children’s faces are covered with flies and their chests heave as they breathe while receiving intravenous fluid tubes in their feet and wrists.

The recent influx means some patients are forced to lie on the floor and the centre has run out of some medicines.

Cholera is spread through dirty water, which more and more Yemenis are forced to drink as water resources are scarce in the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation.

Pumps are needed in many parts of the country of 30 million people to bring water to the surface.

Fuel shortages have dramatically increased clean water prices.

“We rely on wells which are uncovered and very dirty, we and livestock drink from these wells, as do children,” Qassem Massoud, a young man standing at a rural well where people haul water up using plastic containers on string, said.

Others fill containers from a muddy pool as donkeys drink alongside.

Dr Abdulwahab al-Moayad, said Yemen’s internally displaced were particularly at risk.

“The numbers of cases are increasing by the day and if it continues we would consider it a humanitarian disaster,” he said.

A breakthrough in UN-led peace efforts December, the first in over two years, had sparked hope for improved humanitarian and aid access.

However, implementation of a ceasefire and a troop withdrawal initiative in the main port of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions, has dragged on for six months.

Violence has continued in other parts of Yemen.

Since the deal, over 255,000 people have been displaced, UN migration agency figures show.

The Houthis, who say their revolution is against corruption, control the biggest population centres.

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Cholera outbreak kills 13 in Kenya

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday that 13 people have died due to cholera following heavy rains pounding several parts of the nation.


Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said that medical personnel are working round the clock to control the reported 550 disease cases, mostly appeared in northern Kenya.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost 13 Kenyans to the disease, 12 of them in Marsabit and one in Turkana,’’ Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

“Regrettably, most of the case, 40 per cent and sadly, 70 per cent of the deaths too, have been among children aged 10 years and below.’’

The official said other cases have been reported in Garissa in north-eastern Kenya and that the outbreak gradually made its way to Wajir, Turkana and Muranga in central Kenya.

He said that 48 cases in Garissa, four in Wajir and eight in Muranga have been controlled, following quick intervention by health personnel.

Kagwe announced that the government has enhanced intervention and that cases in Marsabit and Turkana in the northern region will be contained over the next two weeks.

“We believe that this is feasible, given the fact that the outbreak is currently localised to only two areas – Marsabit and Turkana,”’’ he added.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease, usually spread by contaminated water and food.

It can cause severe diarrhoea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration and kidney failure within hours.

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday 13 people have died due to cholera following heavy rains pounding several parts of the nation.


Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health said that medical personnel is working round the clock to control the reported 550 disease cases mostly appeared in northern Kenya.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost a total of 13 Kenyans from the disease, 12 of them in Marsabit and one in Turkana,” Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

“Regrettably, most of the case, 40 percent, and sadly, 70 percent of the deaths too, have been among children aged 10 years and below,” he added.

The official said other cases have been reported in Garissa in northeastern Kenya and gradually made its way to Wajir, Turkana and Muranga in central Kenya.

He said that 48 cases in Garissa, four in Wajir and eight in Muranga have been controlled following quick intervention by health personnel.

Kagwe announced that the government has enhanced intervention and that cases in Marsabit and Turkana in the northern region will be contained over the next two weeks.

“We believe that this is feasible, given the fact that the outbreak is currently localized to only two areas, which is Marsabit and Turkana,” he added.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease, usually spread by contaminated water and food, and can cause severe diarrhea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration and kidney failure within hours.

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Cholera kills 4 in Cameroon’s commercial capital

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Four people have died following an outbreak of cholera in Cameroon’s commercial capital Douala, local health authorities said Tuesday evening.


Officials have reported at least 20 confirmed cases in the last two weeks.

The outbreak has so affected Douala municipality, said Mayor Valentin Epoupa Bossambo, appealing to the inhabitants to respect “basic hygiene rules of cleanliness” in a bid to avoid the disease from spreading further.

Cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death after severe dehydration.

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Three people died following an outbreak of cholera in Cameroon’s commercial capital Douala, local health authorities said on Friday.


The outbreak has so far affected Bonaberi neighbourhood of the city.

Residents have been advised to drink clean water, stay hygienic and disinfect any suspected areas.

Cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death by severe dehydration.

There is high risk of cholera in Cameroon mainly in Douala and Far North region but cases have also been reported in parts of Southwest region.
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