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Haiti - Epidemic : Cholera hits Port-au-Prince
09/11/2010 09:31:41

Haiti - Epidemic : Cholera hits Port-au-Prince
The health authorities said on Monday they were examined at least 120 suspected cases of cholera in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. At least 114 suspected cases suspected of having the disease in the capital come from Cité Soleil. The samples are being analyzed at the National Laboratory to confirm the presence of bacteria Vibrio cholerae "We are working on the case... We still do not have a confirmation," said Gabriel Thimothé, the Director General of the Ministry of Health.

If the laboratory confirms the presence of cholera, a population of 2.5 to 3 million people will be threatened with almost half live in camps. Thimothé said that many patients are suspected to come from the Artibonite.

It would be time that the government says the truth to the population, trying to pretend that the cholera outbreak is contained in the Artibonite is pure disinformation, cholera knows no border. Besides the director general does not he know that his Ministry has confirmed that the five regions, the Artibonite, Center, North, Northwest and West of Haiti and the capital was affected by cholera ?

Why hide to the Haitian population,that many suspected cases are reported almost daily in Port-au-Prince ?

Thus we have learned from reliable medical sources, a case of cholera had been reported (October 31) at the hospital Bernard Mevs. That the sample taken from the patient and sent to the National Laboratory (Delmas 33) for analysis came back positive. The laboratory report confirmed the presence of Vibrio cholerae type O1. Note that this patient came from a camp near the road Bâtimat, and after investigation of the hospital, this patient had not traveled (for at least a year), in the Artibonite region or Saint-Marc and had not been in contact with people from these regions. It is therefore an infection from a local outbreak.

Another information from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), confirm to have received last Saturday, 5 people, in Wharf Jérémie, located on the outskirts of Cité Soleil (near of La Saline ronde). The 5 people showed all the symptoms of cholera and died three hours after admission, even without the laboratory report the probability of cholera seems more likely.

The clinic "The Samaritan's Purse" in Cité Soleil that had reported Wednesday, Oct. 27 first suspected case of which we had echoes in our articles, announces now 47 new suspected cases with clinical symptoms at any point corresponding to those defined by WHO.

While CTC (Cholera Treatment Centre) settled in Port-au-Prince, the actual capacity is of 2,000 "seats", it will be necessary that the government has political courage to say not only to the population what occurs, but also that it communicates on the real situation of the epidemic in the country and diffuses finally the true figures, which at present is far from true. At 19 days of elections, reveal the magnitude of the situation to the population can only have negative impact on the government and its candidates... Politic for the government of René Préval now seems more important than the health of the population.

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