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ADEN, Yemen, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, visited Taiz, Yemen, on Monday, to assess a worsening health crisis, caused by rapid spread of cholera.

Maurer told a news conference that, the situation in Taiz is "bad and catastrophic," in terms of public health, which requires multiplying the budget, to face these hard circumstances.

He said that the ICRC is implementing several programmes in Yemen, where it has the second largest operation in the world, an indicator of the magnitude of the humanitarian hardship.

Maurer said that, he came to inspect the enormous damage and impact on local hospitals and personnel, as a result of the war.

He added that the ICRC has decided to increase its support of the anti-cholera programmes.

Maurer described the cholera outbreak as "man-made humanitarian catastrophe" that is directly caused by the civil war, that has devastated the civilian infrastructure and brought the whole health system to its knees.

Following his visits to Taiz and Aden, Maurer will also visit Sanaa, the capital city, controlled by Houthi rebels.

Yahya Alibi, head of the ICRC in the Gulf Cooperation Council, told the Kuwaiti official KUNA news agency, more than 300,000 people have been infected with cholera, which has spread to 20 of Yemen's 22 governorates.

To make things worse, the infrastructure and hospitals in this war-torn country are unable to accommodate this number of patients, Alibi said.

The ICRC is currently supporting 11 health centres, in the worst affected provinces, by improving the hygiene and sanitation conditions there, and providing local residents with necessary medical supplies.


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