Posted by on Friday, May 15, 2015 Under: Health
UN coordinator for response to cholera in Haiti said it is understandable that media attention is now in Nepal, where a similar earthquake to Haiti occurred, "but we can not forget the anger."
The cholera epidemic in Haiti continues to be the largest in recent history of the world , according to the UN senior coordinator for response to the disease in Haiti, Pedro Medrano Rojas.
Medrano said that it is understandable that media attention is now in Nepal, where a similar earthquake to Haiti occurred, "but we can not forget the anger," he said on Thursday (14). "The cholera epidemic in Haiti is still a humanitarian emergency that requires urgent attention. How would we react if any other country had the forecast of 28 000 cases of cholera in 2015? ".
"When the cooperation funds dry up, response teams in the region have more resources to adequately deal with the alerts, treat patients and prevent further deaths," said the UN official reporting that the epidemic caused 9.000 deaths and affected more 735.000 people since October 2010, when the outbreak began following the quake, from unsanitary practices of human waste disposal, of the UN soldiers from Nepalese contingent, carrier of the deadly virus.
"Terrible pictures of dilapidated buildings and people trying to survive in the midst of the disaster are etched in our memories," he said. "And we can also remember the great international mobilization, committed both in the country's reconstruction as in the fight against the cholera epidemic that emerged months later."
September 2014 heavy rains combined with the lack of resources for an appropriate response reversed the achieved period of decline. Since then, the spread shot in the country from approximately thousand a month to a thousand a week, with the registration of the death of 113 people between January and March.
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