The number of cholera cases in Haiti has doubled in a few days

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The number of cholera cases in Haiti has doubled in a few days

The United Nations warns of a possible explosion of cholera cases in Haiti, struggling with multiple crises.

Haiti recorded in within days a near doubling of the number of cholera cases, with now nearly 2,000 suspected cases, and 41 deaths, according to figures from the country's Ministry of Health.

Until a few days ago, the increase in cholera cases was gradual, but we are now seeing a clear and worrying increase, wrote in a blog published on Tuesday the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country, Ulrika Richardson.

The disease, although deadly, is preventable and treatable, so urgent action is needed, she added, hailing the swift and decisive response by authorities and aid organizations despite the chaos caused by the blockade of the main oil terminal by gangs for a month.

According to the Haitian Ministry of Health, as of October 23, the Caribbean island recorded 1,972 suspected cases of cholera and 41 deaths, compared to 964 cases and 33 deaths as of October 19.

The vast majority of cases recorded were in the Ouest department, in particular the capital Port-au-Prince (more than 880 cases), and the commune of Cité Soleil in its greater agglomeration.

According to Unicef, children under the age of 14 account for almost half of these suspected cases, said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, during a press briefing. Antonio Guterres.

He pointed out that fuel shortages made the work of humanitarians much more difficult.

A worker disinfects the area around a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders where people are treated for cholera, in Cité Soleil, a densely populated town in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.

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While the lack of fuel interrupted the distribution of drinking water, crucial in the fight against this disease, Unicef ​​began distributing drinking water to around a thousand people in Cité Soleil , which is one of the epicenters of this new outbreak of cholera, said Mr. Dujarric.

Ulrika Richardson, who visited several health centers in the most victims of Port-au-Prince, described heartbreaking scenes: children so malnourished that it was difficult to insert an IV in their arm or leg, adults really sick.

Cholera returned to Haiti in early October, after three years of respite.

After the bacteria was introduced by peacekeepers in 2010 , a cholera epidemic had raged until 2019, killing more than 10,000 people.

To deal with the paralysis of the country and the health situation ire and humanitarian crisis that is deteriorating, the government has appealed to the international community for help. At the request of Antonio Guterres, the Security Council is considering sending an international force to restore order.

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