Washington, Oct. 25, 2010 – As of today, the MSPP (Ministère de la santé publique et de la population), with support from partners like PAHO and the CDC, has reported 259 fatalities and 3,342 confirmed cases. Currently there are 12 cholera treatment centers being built to support isolation and treatment of cases: six in Artibonite, one in Central, and five in Port-au-Prince.
The emphasis is on prevention by ensuring clean water, promoting good personal hygiene, and food handling practices, including hand washing and trying to prevent defecation in open areas.
The government of Spain, through the Spanish Aid for International Cooperation and Developement, (AECI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC), is continuing its plan to aid the people of Haiti in the fight against the cholera outbreak in the country. (in French)
Health Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) are coordinating mechanisms to help Haiti in the outbreak of cholera that has so far killed nearly 200 people. A statement from the Health Ministry of Ecuador David Chiriboga, who holds the rotating presidency of the regional body, said that all member states are seeking to implement a strategy to help the Haitian government. He added that to face the health crisis in Haiti the Ecuadorian government will deliver humanitarian aid such as drinking water, oral rehydration salts, antibiotics, chlorine, gloves, and personal toilet products, among others. (El Universo de Guayaquil 10/23/2010)
Disasters caused by natural hazards have devastating effects on people, families, and communities. Socioeconomic consequences can be life shattering. These disasters call for an immediate response from the health sector that is the most critical pillar of humanitarian action. Ministries of Health and Governments face intense scrutiny from national and international actors on their performance in such events and face mounting expectations for quick, decisive and appropriate action.