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Nearly 470,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti over the past year – UN

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Nearly 470,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti over the past year – UN

Almost 470,000 cases of cholera, including 6,595 deaths, have been reported in Haiti since an epidemic of the disease erupted in the Caribbean country one year ago, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Cholera medicine being sorted for distribution to flood victims in Haiti

Some 250,000 of the cholera patients had been hospitalized over the past year, the agency’s spokesperson, Tarek Jasarevic, told reporters in Geneva, adding that the disease could infect 75,000 another by the end of the year if the current trend continues, bringing the cumulative total number of cases to about half a million.

After a decline in weekly cholera incidents in August, the number of cases rose in September, with South and Nippes departments There are currently 37 cholera treatment centres in Haiti, 269 cholera treatment units and 766 oral rehydration posts.seeing significant increases, along with Nord, Centre, and the capital Port-au-Prince.

Mr. Jasarevic said that with heavy rainfall forecast this month in the departments of South, South-East, North and other parts of the country, conditions favourable to the spread of cholera and other diseases water-borne diseases are expected to arise.

There are currently 37 cholera treatment centres in Haiti, 269 cholera treatment units and 766 oral rehydration posts.

According to Mr. Jasarevic, a number of WHO’s partners had withdrawn or were scaling down their operations in Haiti due to a lack of funding. The agency has urged the humanitarian community and donors to remain vigilant as long term and coordinated cholera response may be necessary.

 

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The General Assembly in session. Photo credit: UN / Eskinder Debebe The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals 192 countries.

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  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights;
  • and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

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