Governorates with the highest number of cholera-related deaths were Hajjah (576), Ibb (500), Hodeidah (401) and Taiz (327)
WHO: More than 3,800 cholera deaths recorded in Yemen in three years
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported more than 3,800 deaths from cholera in Yemen between October 2016 and September 2019.
In its most recent report on the epidemic, the WHO reported that in October alone, 62,157 suspected cholera cases were identified, including 55 related deaths in 21 Yemeni governorates.
According to the report, the cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen from October 2016 to September 2019 was 2.19 million, including 3,869 related deaths.
Since January 2019, a total of 9,208 stool samples have been tested, and 5,100 cases of cholera have been confirmed, according to the WHO.
The report identified five provinces with the highest rates of cholera, these being Amran, Al-Mahweit, Sana'a, Al-Baydha and Dhamar. Governorates with the highest number of cholera-related deaths were Hajjah (576), Ibb (500), Hodeidah (401) and Taiz (327).
Yemen’s public health sector is extremely challenged and decrepit, due to the ongoing war. Public health institutions in rural areas are generally unable to deal with the scale of these epidemics and the situation is exacerbated by increased numbers of affected people.