Cholera Claims 196 Lives In Haiti, Death Toll May Rise

October 23rd, 2010 - 6:18 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
choleraHaiti, Oct 23, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Haiti hospitals are presently treating around 2,634 cases of cholera and recent survey by Pan-American Health Organization reported that the number of cholera cases are expected to rise. The health officials have said that at least 196 people have already died owing to the epidemic and the Haitian Health Ministry have reported about the matter to the World Health Organization yesterday. The heath officials are of the opinion that the people were infected by the disease after drinking from the contaminated river basins.

The World Health Organization officials said that cholera is mostly spread in the rural areas of earthquake stricken region in the northwest. President Rene Preval has also confirmed the reports regarding cholera. The disease also causes diarrhea, vomiting, acute fever and dehydration. However, the health officials are presently taking full measures so that the disease does not spread in the other parts of the country. On the other hand President Rene Preval said that he can not confirm that it is cholera and added that everyone is taking full measures so that the disease can be prevented from spreading. Dr Gabriel Thimote, the director general of health department said that the worst affected areas are Marchand Dessalines, Douin and other areas of Saint-Marc.

The World Heath Organization officials said that this is the first time in a century that cholera has struck Caribbean region. Claude Surena, president of the Haitian Medical Association said in his statement that the hospitals are provided with medical supplies and medical teams to look after the victims and around 10,000 boxes of purification sachets and re-hydration tablets are provided to the patients. Health Minister Alex Larsen has called emergency in the state and urged people to lead a hygienic lifestyle.

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