Yemeni PM declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

An elderly man is treated for a suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.

:: Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in health sectors in the provinces of Abyan, Aden, Lahij, Dhale, and Shabwah. He also urged the rapid reporting of cases.

Bin Daghr asked local authority leaders to be highly prepared to monitor and control cholera cases in hospitals and health centers in these provinces.

The Yemeni government’s decision was declared despite a World Health Organization’s statement announcing the drop of fatality rate by half.

The UN agency added that the decline in cholera cases should still be taken under consideration, as 1,400 have died in two months with nearly 219,000 suspected cases.

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