Haiti’s Fight against Cholera Outbreak

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Cholera, an infection of the small intestine, is sported by the bacterium, called Vibrio cholerae. In addition, the key symptoms of cholera-related patients are seen as diarrhea as well as vomiting. If it becomes worse, serve diarrhea and vomiting can result in fast such dehydration low blood pressure or poor skin and electrolyte imbalance. Also, cholera is transmitted via using contaminated drinking water and food.

 


In the spotlight within this week, over a week after Hurricane Tomas’s attack into Haiti, in addition to heavy damages in terms of infrastructure and human beings, the whole Haiti has had to struggle against the spreading of cholera and the WHO has raised the outbreak of cholera in Haiti as an internationally urgent health issue which needs concerns of people all over the world. To be specific, Haiti\'s cholera toll has raised more than 900 and over 120 new deaths since the previous toll, according to the Health Department of Haiti. Moreover, six of ten Haiti’s provinces have been seriously affected by the cholera epidemic, said the health ministry, and there have been 14,642 people treated in hospital, approximately 2,300 more than on Friday. More significantly, all hospitals in Haiti have run out of space for patients with cholera, so they have to choose patients with severer condition of the illness.

 


People are carrying a coffin with the remains of a relative dying of cholera in Robine, Haiti inside

People are carrying a coffin with the remains of a relative dying of cholera in Robine, Haiti inside

 

 


In order to control cholera outbreak, the first step implemented is to provide fresh water or food and hygiene. In particular, most engineers have to dig freshwater wells in central Haiti, while the public health experts deliver soap and check water quality in Port-au-Prince. More importantly, as far as we are concerned, educating people about the fundamental good hygiene practices should be carried out among local people. It means that most citizens feel scared because they are unaware of cholera symptoms and cholera transmission.

 


Health officials and aid organizations fear that the flooding can cause a rise in cholera infections

Health officials and aid organizations fear that the flooding can cause a rise in cholera infections

 


Residents argue as waiting to collect water to be used for cleaning or cooking at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Residents argue as waiting to collect water to be used for cleaning or cooking at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 


An outbreak of cholera has killed nearly 300 people of Haiti

An outbreak of cholera has killed nearly 300 people of Haiti

 

A woman carries a child to hospital in Port-au-Prince with cholera symptoms that include diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever

 

The streets are filled with deaths, the rivers covered with rubbish, and the makeshift hospitals with sick children whose eyes convey little more than desperation. These are the desperate images of Haiti overwhelmed by the cholera crisis.

 

Related links:

Cholera Symptoms

Cholera - Symptoms, Cholera Causes and Home Remedies

Cholera Information and Treatment

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I have been working as a doctor of a general hospital since February 1998. In addition, I am a full time writer and specialize in weight loss related issues. I also write for a number of different websites on the Internet.

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This article was published on 2010/11/16