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Haiti - Health : Cholera cases have tripled in Port-au-Prince...
30/04/2012 13:15:40

Haiti - Health : Cholera cases have tripled in Port-au-Prince...
With the arrival of the rainy season in Haiti, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), notes an increase in the number of cholera patients. In less than a month, the number of admissions has more than tripled in the Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) of MSF in Port-au-Prince and Léogâne. 134 people in Martissant between April 16 and 23, and nearly 400 in total in the different CTC of MSF in Port-au-Prince and Léogâne.

To cope with this new influx of patients, MSF had to reopen a CTC in Carrefour, south of the capital, for the institutions of Martissant, Delmas and Drouillard, closer to the center and north, are not saturated. Counting all of its structures, MSF has so far over 200 beds in Port-au-Prince and 45 to Léogâne to exclusively treat people with cholera, and stands ready to open other sites depending on the evolution of the epidemic.

The arrival of the rainy season also favors the spread of the disease. That is why, in parallel of the medical care of patients, MSF continues to support the Haitian health authorities and international humanitarian partners to distribute the disinfected water and soap as well as install and maintain latrines to maintain good hygiene practices and avoid the spread of the epidemic.

The Ministry of Health, as each time the situation worsens and threatens populations, contradicting its reassuring message who want to be reassuring... no longer publishing the latest figures of the situation, having suspended the publication of its daily reports since April 10, 2012... Behavior that we deplore and that we have denounced many times in our articles since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

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