MIREBALAIS, Centre, HT (sentinel.ht) – The French expert Renaud Piarroux and colleague Stanislas Rebaudet recently conducted a study of cholera in Haiti on behalf of the Public Assistance Hospitals of Marseille (APHM). In this report doctors are sounding the alarm bell because of the vulnerability of the Haitian people to cholera.
During the first half of this year 200 deaths and 21,000 new infections were identified by the Haitian health authorities. Experts argue that if this trend continues the 400 deaths could be reached at the end of the year partly due to the impact of the rainy season.
The disease has already made a total of 9 361 000 deaths and 786, 530 people infected since its introduction in Haiti in October 2010.
According to the report, six years after the beginning of the cholera epidemic and more than three years after the launch of a phase-out plan, which has never received funding related challenges, vulnerability of the Haitian population has not decreased. “This vulnerability is probably going to increase as fades natural immunity conferred by the epidemic waves of 2010-2011. The Alert / Response component which initially gave spectacular results give hope for a rapid elimination of cholera is now stalled, ” lament the specialists.
The report stresses the need to “fully review the diagnostic approach to ensure a microbiological diagnosis and rendering results in less than 48 hours, including travel time.” In addition, the experts urge the Haitian authorities and their partners to objectively assess the impact that the first campaigns of vaccination against cholera before launching new campaigns.