Following the confirmation of a confirmed case and the discovery of more suspected cases in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the UN is assisting the Haitian Government’s attempts to control a cholera epidemic. In a statement released on Monday, the UN head stressed the need to “work together in this moment of crisis.
Using the cholera surveillance system set up by the Haitian government and backed by the UN, the case was discovered.
On Sunday, October 2, it was determined to be positive at the National Public Health Laboratory in Port-au-Prince. Investigations are being conducted right now in further suspected cases.
The UN is keeping a close eye on the situation and coordinating with national authorities to mount an emergency response to this potential outbreak. This response will not only aim to stop the spread of the disease but will also instruct families on how to take immediate life-saving action in their neighborhood.
The establishment of cholera treatment facilities, greater water and sanitization efforts, expanded surveillance, and improved case management will all constitute further assistance.
Affected towns can receive assistance from specialized emergency response teams that are prepared for deployment.
These teams must be given safe access to locations where cases have been confirmed or suspected, to assist reduce the potential of a significant or disruptive epidemic given the present climate of instability and lawlessness in and around the city.
“Immediate and unrestricted access on the ground” was required to make it easier to provide gasoline for humanitarian uses. Since mid-September, fuel deliveries have been stopped at the port, disrupting not only the lives of the people of Haiti but also the UNs and the rest of the world’s ability to respond to a growing catastrophe.
Gains in the 12-year battle against cholera are not being lost.
In 2010, there was a significant epidemic of waterborne illness that was generally thought to have been brought in by UN forces. The UN expressed its sincere sympathy for the suffering and loss of life on the occasion of the tenth anniversary two years prior.