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WHO Warns of Health Disaster, Spread of Epidemics in Earthquake-affected Areas

Wed 15 Feb 2023 | 11:55 AM
Ahmed Moamar

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of great fears of possible negative health repercussions in the earthquake-hit areas where camps have been set up to shelter those affected by the earthquake in the southern, eastern, and southeastern states of Turkyie.

Those areas are suffering severely from cuts in electricity and drinking water along with the spread of waste, and the lack of medical materials and antimicrobial preparations.

The WHO issued a warning indicating that the number of people affected by the earthquake that struck Turkyie and Syria may exceed 23 million, including about 5 million in a fragile situation.

The UN organization expressed concern: “about a major health crisis whose damage may exceed the losses of the earthquake,” and its fears about “the spread of the cholera epidemic that has re-emerged in Syria,” and the presence of huge numbers of dead bodies left by the earthquake.

USAID, in turn, said that the United States will provide $85 million in aid to Turkyie and Syria after the earthquake.

The US international aid provider pledges to pay partners on the ground, to secure the necessary emergency assistance to millions of people, and provide clean drinking water and sanitation to prevent the spread of epidemics.