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Haiti - Health : The rainy Season is guilty
01/06/2011 15:23:10

Haiti - Health : The rainy Season is guilty
These last days a thousand people have been infected with cholera, and at least ten people died, according to information provided by the health authorities of the country. The areas most affected are the southern outskirts of the capital, Carrefour, Gressier ... According to humanitarian sources in the ground the human toll is much higher, there would be dozens of victims, but these figures have not been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

According to the Dr. Gabriel Timothée, Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) "there is a resurgence of cholera caused by runoff water of the rainy season, but also by a slackening in the observance of hygiene rules" adding "we will take steps to control the situation..." while announcing the opening and reopening of Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) in the affected areas and the distribution of chlorine throughout the country. Lundi the Ministry at a press conference, reiterated the main hygiene rules concerning the quality of drinking water, the handling and processing of food before tehir consumption...

The situation is alarming indicates the Dr. Patrice Joseph in charge of a CTC at the Bicentenaire "...initially we had dozens of thirty cases a week, and since March we see a significant increase and now we receive more than 200 cases per week at the CTC of center Gheskio located at the Bicentenaire..."

Dr. Jocelyne Pierre Louis of MSPP attributes the resurgence of the epidemic to the rainy season and the consumption of mangoes, noting that many families and particularly children consume a lot of mango in this season, stating that these mangoes are collected on the ground without being washed... recalling the importance of following the hygiene rules.

Between May 10 and May 22, 5841 people have been hospitalized.

Recently, the Spokeswoman of OCHA, Emmanuelle Schneider, had admitted that "more water means more cholera and that health (the health system) in the country is still very weak". For this reason she had called to "an increased vigilance" and had warned that an increase in cases could be registered in the south west, south-east of Haiti, including the capital, Port-au-Prince.

On the other side of the island, in Dominican Republic the health authority have confirmed 23 deaths and 1288 people infected, to the mid-May there were cases in at least 20 slums of the capital, and in the provinces of Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Juan de la Maguana, Elías Piña and San Pedro de Macorís.

Last cholera assessment : since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in Haiti (October 19, 2010), 314.539 people were infected and treated, 168.492 people were hospitalized and 5.332 people died. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) [figures undervalued according to UN experts], dated of May 22, 2011.

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