Houthi militias create a suitable environment for the spread of Cholera
Houthi militias have created a suitable environment for the spread of Cholera in the capital Sana’a and other areas under their control.
Medical sources in Sana’a said to Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi coup militias are to blame for the recurrence of cholera due to their negligence, and contribution to the destruction of sewage systems in addition to the theft of medical aid.
The sources confirmed more than 15,000 suspected cases of cholera and acute diarrhea have been recorded in Sana’a since the beginning of this year, with more than 4,000 cases being confirmed.
The disease in the past two years had infected about one million people, according to World Health Organization figures.
Cholera has killed at least 12 people since the beginning of this year, causing panic among Sana’a’s three million residents.
Environmental sanitation experts accuse the Houthi militias of destroying sewage networks in Sana’a, leaving main streets submerged with fetid muck, and creating an environment suitable for the spread of the epidemic.
Although health organizations have provided clinics with the necessary medication to treat the cholera patients, Houthis have looted the supplies and sold most of them, medical sources said.
UNICEF has been implementing several projects in Sana’a and other Houthi militias-controlled areas to purify water and distribute chlorine to well owners, water trucks and homes to limit another cholera outbreak.
But a few months ago, Houthi officials stole a huge shipment of chlorine stored at the headquarters of al-Reef Water Corporation in al-Hasbah district and sold it to a trader for about $550.