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Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : The needs for medical staff revised upwards
30/11/2010 14:12:41

Haiti - Cholera Epidemic : The needs for medical staff revised upwards
On 24 November, Valerie Amos, Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs United Nations said that Haiti was in urgent need of 1,000 nurses and at least 100 additional doctors to alleviate the health needs generated by the cholera epidemic.

Two days later, November 26, 2010, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) estimates that at least 350 doctors, 2,000 nurses and 2,200 health support staff are necessary for the next three months to cope with the epidemic.

This upward revision was made after the UN has warned that 400,000 people could be infected with cholera over the next 12 months, including 200,000 in the three months to come.

In response to this emergency appeal, Andrew Mitchell, Secretary for International Development announced that Britain would pay for 115 doctors, 920 nurses and 740 support staff, as well as emergency supplies. Medical staff will be implemented in 12 major Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) and 60 Cholera Treatment Units (UTC) capable of treating thousands of patients over the next two months.

"Despite the promises of substantial support to help Haiti, there are still serious gaps in the provision of emergency medical supplies and a severe shortage of qualified medical staff [...] It is clear that much remains to be done, the answer must be significantly increased if we want to save thousands of people from disease," said Andrew Mitchell.

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