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Haiti - Epidemic : The Dominican Republic reinforces its health measures
Bautista Rojas Gomez, the Minister of Public Health, accompanied among others: Sigfrido Pared, Director of Immigration and Virgilio Felix, armed forces minister, made the announcement at a press conference of several additional measures to strengthen those already in place.
Disinfection systems for vehicles (jetting of chlorinated water) and people (latrines and hand washing device, soaps, chlorine) will be installed at the entrance of the Dominican territory, to the 4 border (Dajabón, Pedernales Elías Piña and Jimaní). Carpets impregnated with chlorine will disinfect vehicle tires and the soles of shoes of people entering the Dominican Republic. The Minister also gave instruction to increase the amount of chlorine in the public water supply.
A reinforced military cordon, in addition to the health system, will prevent the passage of unauthorized persons. The intensification of surveillance has been decided following the declaration of three new cases of cholera in the border town of Ouanaminthe (Haiti), located 600 meters from the Dominican province of Dajabón where population shows great concern.
Bautista Rojas Gomez asked the construction managers to not hire, for the moment, new Haitian employees as a precaution against cholera. Regarding tourism, the minister said to the attention of hotels owners and restaurants, that the hiring of Haitian staff must now have permission from the Ministry of Public Health. Julio Libre, president of the National Association of Hotels and Tourism, said that the case identified in the Dominican Republic is an isolated case and there is no danger to the tourism sector.
Rafael Sala, the provincial director of public health in Dajabón, said that generally, Haitian merchants undocumented that come on the binational market are allowed on the Dominican territory, now it will be impossible for them to enter on markets without being in possession of valid document.
Increased military patrols along the border with Haiti and stricter controls have also been announced. All people from Haiti (whatever their nationality) will be followed from the moment they arrive to their final destination.