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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Haiti in Need of More Cholera Aid
Port-au-Prince, Jun 16.- The humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontiers, regretted today the low international response to Haitiâ?Ös request for aid to fight the cholera epidemic and has so far treated near 10,000 cases over the latest six months.
Medecins Sans Frontiers CEO, Marie-NoÃ"lle Rodríguez reminded in press conference the health crisis grew worse with the departure of many international agents while her organization and Cuban doctors are the key actors in Haitiâ?Ös anti-cholera drive while deploring the collapse of a system that hinders reliable data collecting.
Nonetheless, the latest Health Ministry dates the first case on Oct 18, 2010, and 7,260 deaths through. Jun 10.
Medecins Sans Frontiers Director Thierry Goffeau also claimed that poor finances hurt quality and continuity of services at several facilities, namely in Artibonite (NW), host of the largest number of victims, and where recurrence involved mutation of the virus, reports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The above explains why such contagious disease is spreading like common flu and which would frustrate any vaccine project.
The Pan-American Health Organization expects some 200,000 contagion this year.
Several sources blame the late 2010 massive outbreak to MINUSTAH staff from Nepal that teinted with feces Artibonite River whose waters are used for agricultural wash, drink, cook and bath, and just two percent its 10 million population has access to drinkable water while the majority use latrines or simply discharge in the open around their homes.(Prensa Latina)
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