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Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : Last assessment, in Port-au-Prince, the epidemic stopped by politics !
26/11/2010 13:59:47

Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : Last assessment, in Port-au-Prince, the epidemic stopped by politics !
At less than 48 hours of the elections, the last official assessment of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) for the Wednesday 24 and published on Friday 26 indicates that for the area of Port-au-Prince region Metropolitan (Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas, Kenscoff, Petion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Croix des Bouquets and Tabarre) there was 0 death and 0 hospitalization between November 23 and 24... Already yesterday, we had questioned the validity of the mortality figures published by the Ministry , which indicated an increase in deaths abnormally low +0.4%, whereas in the previous 48 hours (November 21 and 22) the death rate average was +23.68% per day.

Knowing that health personnel in the ground, informs us that the area of Port-au-Prince represents nearly 50% of cholera cases, the only explanation to this brutal and instantaneous stop of the epidemic, must find its answer in political reasons and not in treatment efficacy (unfortunately).

The publication of the real figures of the epidemic, (in particular the number of deaths) can, as we approach the election, have negative effects on the government candidate (Jude Celestin). It will undoubtedly be necessary to wait after the elections to know the true assessment, unless a second round, extremely probable, serves as a new pretext for political authorities to conceal the magnitude of the situation to the public.

Small consolation, in front of this manipulation of an irresponsible government, the calling for emergency funds to the member countries launched by the UN on November 12, which had collected until now 6.8 million dollars (4.14%), the UN announced today an increase in international contributions for a total of 19.4 million or 11.82% of the amount required to deal with the epidemic... Too few in a situation described qualified of extreme emergency by the UN health agencies.

Assessment at the national level:
The latest assessment (cumulative) dated of Wednesday, November 24, 2010 and published today Friday by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reported 31.210 hospitalization since the beginning of the epidemic, either 1.339 additional cases moreover of the last official assessment of November 23 (+4.48%) and 1.648 death either 45 new additional deaths (+5.25%), in 24 hours.

Many humanitarian believe that official figures are underestimate, information in our position, confirms. The victims in isolated communities are little or no reported for reasons of accessibility [or politics before the elections of Sunday]. All agree that the death toll is probably higher than 2.000.

Note (1): Comparisons are made between the assessments of November 23 and 24, 2010 (24 hours). Official figures incorporate data submitted by departments to the Department of Epidemiology and now include the cases reported by NGOs and the Cuban medical mission. Note that since the beginning of the epidemic, 72.017 cholera cases were diagnosed and that 31.210 had to be hospitalized for treatment (43.36%) is +0.53% since yesterday (except Port-au-Prince and the metropolitan area or everyone "goes well politically".

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