Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : Border closed, important Dominican military device
While only 4 cases of cholera were confirmed and treated in recent days, Dominican Republic (no deaths), the authorities decided to close the border with Haiti where the disease has already made more than 2,000 dead.
Major General Carlos Alberto Rivera Gates, the head of the Dominican army, said the reinforcement and the closure of the border for an indefinite period, met the dispositions adopted at a meeting held last Wednesday at National Palace, under the direction of the President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández and attended, among others, Ministers: Public Health, Armed Forces and the directors of Cesfront, migration and other institutions.
"We must implement the government decision to close or reinforce the most vulnerable points of the border, where Haitians or other foreigners, healthy or sick can seep, we will suspend if necessary, the binational market, even if it means significant economic losses to both countries" made know the army chief.
Rivera Portes, arrived in Dajabón Thursday night at the head of a massive military convoy. A military cordon formed by more than 1,500 members of the army and hundreds of professionals and public health workers were deployed in the most vulnerable areas of the border with Haiti to prevent the spread of cholera. This device could be strengthened if necessary.
Soldiers patrol the border and are responsible for different territories, since Pepillo Salcedo until Pedernales while pending a further reinforcement of 500 men to put to a final term to the illegal trafficking of people across the border.
Thursday morning, dozens of Haitians who tried to cross the border, were caught by soldiers guarding the paths and roads in mountainous and forested areas, between the provinces of Elias Piña and Dajabón.
In several places, has precised the Major General, the soldiers have pursued and apprehended Haitians who tried to join Santiago while passing through woods and farms of the frontier between Dajabón and Elías Piña.
The army, accompanied by immigration officers, also perform random checks in several towns near the border and deport those without documents or have submitted them to medical examinations at the centers designated by the Department of Public Health .
The arrests of Haitian illegal and the seizure of vehicles used by Dominican and Haitian for human trafficking, have increased dramatically in recent hours, since the intensification of military checkpoints.
Many Dominicans were arrested and brought to justice.
The commander of the Third Brigade, Gen. Jesus Gomez Frias Milton said that all roads are monitored, and that random checks are conducted in small communities and agricultural areas to detect illegal immigrants.
The Dominican Navy patrol 24/24 in the bays of Manzanillo to Cabo Rojo to prevent the illegal entry of persons by sea.
The Haitian government, meanwhile, is preparing to close today its border with the Dominican Republic, 24 hours before the election. On the Haitian side, Military staff of Minustah, responsible for border surveillance, were doubled in anticipation of problems that can arise before, during and after Sunday's elections.