Yemeni Doctor Knew That He Needs To Fight with Dangerous Epidemic
Mohammed Abdul-Mughni, a Yemeni doctor defined the growth in cholera cases that he was dealing with as “disastrous” in a nation that was hit by years of war and dearth of medical staff. Two weeks later cholera killed him too.
Yemen is going through its third major outbreak of the water-borne bacterial infection since the fight broke out in 2015, causing the world’s most immediate humanitarian crisis that has placed 10 million people on the verge of famine.
According to the United Nations, the disease is spreading like a “wild-fire”. It has documented around 110,000 doubted cholera cases and 200 deaths in three months.
Abdul-Mughni has been working in a temporary diarrhea treatment center, set up on the grounds of a hospital in Sanaa where around 120-150 severe cases arrive each day. Ismail Mansoury, a doctor who worked along with Mughni stated that they are receiving patients all round the clock. As cholera is spreading quickly, they have admitted around 1100 confirmed cholera cases over the past two weeks. Cholera leads to excessive diarrhea and fluid loss that can kill a person within hours. Children, elders and those who have become weak by years of poor nutrition are most at peril.
The center set up outside the capital’s Sabaeen hospital consists of tents, outdoor toilets and exhausted staff. Many numbers of women are on drips at every corners of the hospital. Elderly ladies and children lie on grit.
Many of those reaching are in shock or are having kidney failure, with veins so withered by dehydration that it becomes difficult to place a needle to apply lifesaving fluids.
The four-year-old battle that pitted the Iran-affiliated Houthi movement against the Saudi-supported Yemeni government has immobilized the healthcare system and economy, compelling people to travel long distances to look for medical care.
Increased awareness about the disease could also result in for more cases being reported this year. In a bid to stem the disease’s spread, diggers have been getting rid of garbage from storm drains in Sanaa and workers are spraying streets, drains and trash piles with disinfectant.