The Ministry of Health says Houthi militia hinder the arrival of medical teams to treat cholera

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SeptemberNet- The Ministry of Public Health and Population said it was facing difficulties in the arrival of medical teams to areas where cholera is spreaded because of the obstruction of the militias.

The recently observed cases are concentrated in three provinces(Sana’a – Hodeidah – Hajjah), which are under the control of the militia, where the Ministry of Public Health and Population is facing great difficulties to reach the medical teams and epidemiological and preventive monitoring teams to these provinces, the ministry said in its weekly report.

The report pointed to the high case index in the province of Taiz, which suffers a siege suffocating by the coup, and hinder the work of medical teams and the situation is stifling.

The ministry praised those who responded to the health challenges in Yemen, including the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and OCHA.

The Ministry of Health recorded the number of suspected cases and the number of cases of hospitalization and documented cases to the date of 12 June 2017, where it monitored 129 thousand cases of diarrhea, the number of outpatient health facilities and 126 thousand cases.

The most concentrated cases are the result of the collapse of the infrastructure of the health system, water pollution and mixing of water sanitation and accumulation of solid waste and non-delivery of salaries for months of employees associated with these institutions, and the control of the militia on health institutions and vital facilities related to the environment and hygiene, the ministry explained.

As part of the efforts made since the onset of the disease, four emergency teams have been created: coordination and supply teams, auxiliary and environmental sanitation, including chlorination, solid waste removal, sewerage repair and salaries for workers in these sectors.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action signed an agreement worth about $ 8.3 million to support ongoing efforts to respond to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.

This support from the King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Center provides 7.3 million people in 13 priority governorates with life-saving health services as part of coordinated efforts to implement prevention and treatment activities, according to a statement of the World Health Organization.

This support will enable WHO, health authorities and health cluster partners to strengthen and improve surveillance, early detection, investigation and response activities, ensure that remedial measures are implemented, ensure safe practices for isolation and infection control in health facilities, and other matters.

Some 19 million people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance and that 14.5 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and sanitation, as well as outbreaks of cholera, measles and dengue, Nutrition levels to an alarming level of 3.3 million, the UN reported.

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