Nurses and doctors have been working overtime in public hospitals — without pay — to keep pace with the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has now infected an estimated 400,000 people across the country. An American documentarian recently took his film crew to a hospital in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa.
“What we saw in the nurses and doctors was that they were staying at it,” says Martin Smith, whose short film for FRONTLINE on PBS, “Inside Yemen,” was just released. “They tell us, ‘If I get sick and nobody comes to work to take care of me, then I die. So I’m here to take care of the people who do have infections.'”
Cholera, a bacterial infection, causes diarrhea. And a severe case can kill a person within hours. The bacteria spreads easily through contaminated food and water. The current outbreak, which began in late April with a few hundred reports, is now the largest cholera epidemic …