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Haiti - Epidemic : International support mobilizes
Alex Larsen, the Haitian Minister of Public Health, said Friday estimated to about $800,000 the cost of the first measures against the cholera epidemic in the country.
The Brazilian government announced Friday it will send medical personnel and medicines through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). "Next week will be shipped in special flights antidiarrheal medicines, rehydration salts and antibiotics, disposable gloves and other supplies," said a statement from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health.
The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) donated 139,000 dollars to fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti. With that money, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and a multidisciplinary team of experts and doctors will complete the study to officially confirm the outbreak of the cholera epidemic and deal with the crisis. In addition to communicable disease specialists and epidemiologists, will also send experts in water, sanitation and hygiene, which will work with communities to provide safe water and stop the increasing number of cases. This assistance will enable the sending of emergency medicine more specific, once diagnosis completed, to fight against the epidemic.
Canada will provide assistance of up to one million dollars to Haiti in response to the cholera epidemic raging now in the country reported on Friday night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Canada will send a military hospital in Haiti.
A source from the Ministry of Health has indicated that Ecuador has decided to send a contingent of humanitarian aid to Haiti and health authorities will organize a videoconference of the South America countries next Monday.
"The United States was preparing to deliver large tents to go up treatment centers and Quarantine" has informed the director of the Ministry of Health in Haiti.
The artist Wyclef Jean sent Friday from Jamaica, a message of support to the people of Haiti affected by the epidemic. He indicated that the foundation Yele Ayiti is already taking steps to contribute to ongoing efforts, saying it intends to mobilize the international community and its friends to contribute. Wyclef Jean, who returns home Sunday said he planned to visit areas affected by the disease
We have mobilized several medical teams including epidemiologists from our Washington office, medical help is provided to local hospitals, including 300.000 tablets to fight against cholera and 10,000 boxes of rehydration tablets and water purification tablets "