Switzerland: WHO warns Yemen 'on cusp' of third cholera wave

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva on Friday called for a ceasefire in Yemen to allow locals to be vaccinated from cholera in the north of the country as experts warn of new third wave. Peter Salama, WHO emergency response chief said: «We have requested as the UN three days of tranquillity associated with the first oral cholera vaccine campaign across August 4, 5 and 6 in the north... Еще of the country.» «Unfortunately, the trend data that we have seen in the last days to weeks suggest that we are maybe on the cusp of the third major wave of cholera epidemics in Yemen,» added Salama. Experts stressed that the recent Saudi-led strikes worsen the situation. «Everything that we are trying to do to stem the world’s worst cholera epidemic is at risk,» stated Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Yemen is suffering a cholera outbreak due to a lack of medical supplies. According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the number of cholera cases has reached one million.

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