Haiti is in danger of falling into complete chaos anyway: Thousands of people are starving. Now cholera is also breaking out.
Port-au-Prince – The health authorities in the Caribbean crisis state of Haiti have reported almost three dozen deaths after the recent cholera outbreak – now the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has announced help.
PAHO has supported the Haitian Ministry of Health and international partners in setting up cholera treatment centers in affected areas, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said in a video.
The World Health Organization (WHO), citing the local health authorities, announced on Friday (local time) that 35 people have died from the infectious disease so far. In addition, 47 confirmed cases and 560 suspected cases were registered. Most of the infections and victims were in the prison in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Haiti is the poorest country on the American continent and has suffered from corruption, violence and natural disasters for years. Since the devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 220,000 people, Haiti has been on the drip of development aid. Now the country threatens to plunge into complete chaos: gangs have been fighting brutally for control of the capital for more than a year. Thousands of people are starving. The situation is so serious that the interim government recently asked the UN for help through an international armed force.
A cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. According to estimates by experts, Nepalese UN peacekeepers brought the disease into the country at the time. Over 9300 people died from the infectious disease. It was only years later that the United Nations acknowledged its “moral responsibility” towards the victims. dpa