Cholera kills 2000 in just four months

A Yemeni child, who is suspected of being infected with cholera, stands on a bed next to her mother as they receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa (MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Yemeni child, who is suspected of being infected with cholera, stands on a bed next to her mother as they receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa (MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

THIS is the human face of one of the worst cholera outbreaks in recent times.

A Yemeni child, who is suspected of being infected with the disease, receives treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa.

The cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of some 2000 Yemenis in four months.

But there is hope the crisis is easing.

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is closing most of its cholera treatment centres in Yemen, saying the outbreak there has peaked.

More than 884,000 people are reported to have contracted the disease since April.

MSF said the outbreak was not over, but that cases had decreased significantly.

Only 567 new patients sought treatment at the medical charity’s centres during the second week of October, down from 11,139 in the third week of June.

“The cholera outbreak is not over but it is no longer our medical priority in Yemen,” said Ghassan Abou Chaar, the MSF head of mission in Yemen.

“However, this should not eclipse the dire health situation of millions of Yemenis who are unable to access basic primary healthcare.”

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