SANA’A – Precautionary measures were being undertaken in Yemen on Thursday as part of efforts to prevent the spread of cholera.
The World Health Organization has warned of an increased risk of cholera spreading across war-torn Yemen, which lacks sanitation and whose current rainy season was expected to last until August.
“The fight against cholera is far from over. The rainy season runs from mid-April to the end of August, which will further increase the risk of transmission,” WHO said in a statement. “The epidemic continues to threaten millions in Yemen, especially pregnant women, the elderly, and small children.”
Epa-efe photos showed Yemeni health workers fumigating areas in the capital Sana’a and spraying disinfectants to prevent the outbreak of cholera.
WHO, in coordination with UNICEF and the World Bank, initiated an oral vaccination campaign for the first time in Yemen at the start of May.
During the campaign, five districts in the southern city of Aden were given priority, vaccinating about 70 percent of the residents through 275,000 oral doses.
“As people struggle to survive and get enough to eat, they also face the double burden of lacking clean water and sanitation,” WHO said.
More vaccination campaigns are yet to take place across Yemen.
Meanwhile, WHO representative in Yemen Nevio Zagaria said that since vaccination campaigns were not enough to fight a third wave of cholera that was on the horizon, Yemen’s health authorities had put a “comprehensive action plan” in action in order to discover cholera-infected patients through early detection.
Improving hygiene and nutrition was a key factor in fighting the epidemic, he added.