It is estimated to reach 130,000 suspected cases of cholera within two weeks in Yemen according to UNICEF.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains ofof bacteria. Symptoms may range from none, to mild, to severe.
It was stated that the bad situation in Yemen for cholera is really going worst. Especially for children who are dying for this case. There had been 70,000 cases of cholera reported by UNICEF which is about 600 people were dying for over the past month.
This alarming situation is really a disaster to all people in Yemen.
According to the UNICEF regional director, Geert Cappelaere “Cholera doesn’t need a permit to cross a checkpoint or a border, nor does it differentiate between areas of political control”.
In this case there should have been immediate and quick response of the department of health to control the situation. Children are the most critical in this condition.
When Geert visited some of the hospitals, he saw the situation of babies weighing less than 2kg and fighting for their lives.
He added “But they are the lucky ones. Countless children around Yemen die everyday in silence from causes that can easily be prevented or treated like cholera, diarrhea or malnutrition”
The health workers are in the midst of competing time to prevent this disease despite of the late wages being received in about 9 nine months delayed.
Cholera as stated that the disease can easily be prevented but the growth of victims were rapidly spreading.
How to prevent cholera?
- Drink safe water
- Bottled water with unbroken seals and canned/bottled carbonated beverages are safe to drink and use.
- Use safe water to brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, and to make ice.
- Clean food preparation areas and kitchenware with soap and safe water and let dry completely before reuse.
2. Wash hands most of the time and use anti-bacterial soap.
- Before you eat or prepare food
- Before feeding your children
- After using the latrine or toilet
- After cleaning your child’s bottom
- After taking care of someone ill with diarrhea
3. Clean yourself up.
- Wash yourself, your children, diapers, and clothes, 30 meters (98 feet) away from drinking water sources.
4. Cook food well.
- Boil it, Cook it, Peel it, or Leave it.
- Be sure to cook shellfish (like crabs and crayfish) until they are very hot all the way through.
5. Get a chance to have vaccination when traveling.