There’s a resurgence of cholera in Haiti resulting in the death of hundreds of people in the impoverished Caribbean country since the start of the year
Health experts say they have had to redouble their efforts to cope with the epidemic that has already killed thousands since 2010.
At least 726 people have been killed by cholera since October 2022, when the disease first re-appeared, according to the Director of the Epidemiology, Laboratories, and Research Department at the Health and Population Ministry, Dr Samson Marseille.
“Since the recent torrential rains that have caused devastating flooding in the country, we’ve observed an increase in the number of cholera cases; so we are intensifying our efforts aimed at combating the disease,” Marseille told the Haitian-Caribbean News Network.
“We plan to launch new awareness-raising campaigns to warn people about the need for behavioural change when it comes to hygiene precautions; anyone with symptoms associated with cholera such as severe or watery diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, or dehydration…should immediately go to one of our Cholera Treatment Centres,” he added.
According to figures released by Health authorities in Haiti, the cholera epidemic that first hit Haiti in October 2010, killed 10,174 people and since October last year, 726 people have died, including 26 from the period June 1 to 5.
24 people died last weekend from cholera I Haiti with the age average for hospitalization victim is 17 years old.