UNICEF spokesperson in Yemen interview to Belqees TV comments on WFP statement and cholera outbreak
UNICEF spokesperson in Yemen interview to Belqees TV in Al-Masa'a Al-Yemeni The Yemeni Evening program comments on WFP statement and cholera outbreak in the Yemen. He said that there is a major crisis for food security and food security rates that have surpassed global levels and Yemen has become the biggest food crisis in the world. We have very fantastic figures, there are more than 14 million people are suffering from food insecurity and need constant support for food and employment in addition to more than 2 million children under the age of five are malnourished, including half a million are malnourished and severely malnourished also 80 percent of Yemeni families suffer from poverty, the deterioration of the health system, the system of water and sanitation and public access which caused the risen in cases of cholera epidemic, he added. UNICEF, UN agencies or civil society organizations can't respond to such a pandemic, especially as crises and needs overlap, he said. The spokesperson said UNICEF, global health and health authorities have stepped up efforts, increased support and reprogrammed much of the money earmarked for other projects to Cholera response projects. We have recently brought 3 aircraft carrying 40 tons of emergency treatment supplies and water purification and purification supplies with the support of the World Bank and there are supplies from the King Salman Center WHO and others, he said. We had 20 tons of medical supplies in Yemen, but all these supplies will be implemented if the causes continue and the epidemic continues. Addressing cholera does not mean treating infected people, but needs to address the reasons for providing improved water and drinking water, providing adequate sanitation and raising awareness among the community, he stressed. In 19 Yemeni governorates, there are 1,000 children a day entering the health facilities. 30-40% are the people with acute water diarrhea in general and cholera in particular, 40% of them are children and the worst-hit areas is Sanaa, he added. The international community must shoulder its responsibility towards Yemen and the Yemenis have found themselves in a war they have no connection with and suffer from various suffering, such as the lack of water and food, he said. He concluded that, in the second wave of cholera, which began on April 27 to date, there are more than 82,000 suspected cases by cholera and more than 656 deaths cases have been recorded in just 3 weeks.