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Cholera: Red Cross warns of health crisis in Yemen

By Asma’u Ahmad

An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) on Monday warned of a health crisis in war-torn Yemen following rapid spread of cholera.

Head of ICRC delegation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Yahya Alibi, told the Kuwaiti official KUNA news agency in an interview that no fewer than 300,000 people had been infected with cholera.

Mr. Yahya Alibi

Mr Alibi said that the disease had spread to 20 of Yemen’s 22 governorates. “To make things worse, the infrastructure and hospitals in this war-torn country are unable to accommodate this number of patients.

The best way to help is through donation to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) because it can reach places in need of help in Yemen in cooperation with the ICRC and the UN.

“Through cooperation with KRCS, medical aid has been provided to all health centres in Yemen and tons of chlorine tablets were distributed for purifying water supplies,” he said.

He said that access was one of the biggest challenges in dealing with the cholera outbreak in the country, adding that it had made it difficult to deliver aid to the worst affected areas, including Sanaa, Hadidah, Amran and Hajja.

“The ICRC is currently supporting 11 health centres in the worst affected provinces by improving the hygiene and sanitation conditions there, and providing local residents with necessary medical supplies,” Alibi said.

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