Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, August 13, 2016 Under: Health
Partners in health announced earlier today that at Mirebalais, a town located in the central Department of Haiti, they recorded the first two cases of microcephaly in the Caribbean country.
"After studying blood tests of two newborns we can confirm that they are affected by microcephaly," said a statement of the organization's office.
Both microcephaly births took place at the Mirebalais University Hospital, confirmation came after a joint verification by Haiti's Ministry of Public Health and Associates of health.
The nonprofit organization said that the official laboratories provided the diagnosis of the two newborns, and that the country is "very concerned" about the progress of Zika, the virus causing this condition in pregnant women.
However, neither the health authorities or NGOs in Haiti, have updated the number of people infected since over a month ago that 2.600 cases were reported since last year.
The authorities reported at the time that these figures could not be considered definitive, because in many parts of the country, there are no hospital conditions to identify people infected with the virus, transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.
The health situation in Haiti is at a very critical time, as many hospitals suffer from a grizzling strike of doctors and support staff that began March 28.