Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, October 29, 2016 Under: Health
The government of Haiti in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and Unicef, in the coming days, will be providing vaccine against cholera to more than 820.000 people in the South department of the country. The area most affected by the effects of the devastating storms.
The agency said that this campaign of "urgency" must be run to counteract the effects of Hurricane Matthew in the region, where recent rains have increased the risks of spreading the disease.
"We will focus on preventive action in the southern region of the country where cholera is back with more force from Matthew," said a statement from the Ministry of Public Health.
Three weeks after the passage of Matthew for Haiti, WHO sent to the island a million cholera vaccines.
On October 4 Hurricane Matthew swept Haiti, where he left 546 dead and 175,000 displaced persons and exacerbated the cholera epidemic that plagues the nation.
The experience of other disasters made fear an outbreak, especially in the most affected areas, not only because the water supply has been interrupted, but because sanitation services, if they existed previously have been rendered useless.
Haiti reported a cholera outbreak after the earthquake of 2010, which was introduced to the territory by a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers deployed on the island to assist in the reconstruction phase.
Since then, 800,000 people have been infected, of which over 9,000 have died, according to WHO data.
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water with the bacterium "vibrio cholerae".
causes vomiting and severe dehydration if not treated promptly can lead to death. In fact, if left untreated it has a mortality rate of 50%.