Thursday, November 7, 2013

In Haiti, Cholera Claims New Victims Daily

UNITED NATIONS/PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 31 2013 (IPS) - Some 2,400 kilometres from New York City, where victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic are suing the United Nations in a U.S. federal court, the disease continues to burn through the populace with no end in sight.

In a single week between Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, the Pan-American Health Organisation reported 1,512 new cases and 31 deaths. New cases are reported in all 10 departments.

"It is clear that damage has been caused, the negligence of the U.N. is proven and it must assume its responsibilities." -- Mario Joseph of BAI

At the Cholera Treatment Centre run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Delmas 33, a commune in Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, nurse Viola Augustine says the clinic is so packed it cannot accept new patients.

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