Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Under: Health
Haiti has recorded 420 deaths due to cholera in 2016, a 41% increase compared to last year. 39.000 people are also infected of the deadly water borne illness, according to the latest data released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Cases of new infections are up by 24%, an uptick following the devastating Hurricane Matthew last October, according to reports published by Haiti's Ministry of Public Health and of Population.
The United Nations, whose Nepalese peacekeeping soldiers introduced the outbreak in Haiti in 2010, after dumping raw sewage in the country's longest river, is still struggling to come up with the necessary funds to eradicate this malady in the poor Caribbean nation. Of the $20.3 million that were needed for treatments in 2016, only $9.2 million have been raised so far.
Since its introduction, cholera has claimed the lives of nearly 10.000 haitians and sickened over 800.000 thousands more.
The UN which for six years had categorically refused to assume any responsibility or admit to any wrong doing, earlier this year announced that it would put together a $200 million package for compensating victims as well as financing Haiti's water system. If any of the recent fund raising efforts by the UN are any indication of future payment plan, it seems evident that it could be years, before cholera can fully be eradicated in Haiti.