UN supports government efforts to contain cholera outbreak – europeantimes.news

The case was identified through the Cholera Surveillance Mechanism set up by the Haitian authorities and supported by the United Nations.

It was confirmed positive by the National Public Health Laboratory in Port-au-Prince on Sunday October 2nd. Other suspected cases are currently being investigated.

emergency measures

The United Nations is actively monitoring the situation and is working with national authorities to launch an emergency response to this potential outbreak that focuses not only on limiting the spread of the disease but also on telling families how to get in their local communities can immediately take life-saving measures.

Additional support will consist of expanded surveillance, increased water and sanitation services, the opening of cholera treatment centers and increased case management.

Specialized emergency teams are ready to support the affected communities.

stop spread

But in the current environment of insecurity and lawlessness in the capital, it is imperative that these teams are guaranteed safe access to areas where cases have been confirmed or suspected to mitigate the risk of a large or disruptive outbreak, the UN country team said said in a statement released through the Resident Coordinator’s office on Sunday evening.

The United Nations calls on all Haitian citizens to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to prevent the spread of cases within the community. These measures include:

  • boiling water for drinking and cooking
  • regular hand washing with soap and safe/treated water (boiled or chlorinated)
  • Protect food from pests (rodents and insects).

Anyone exhibiting symptoms of acute watery diarrhea and vomiting should seek immediate medical attention and attempt to stay hydrated with oral rehydration salts, which can be made at home by combining a quart of clean water, six teaspoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of salt .

Infants should be given at least half a liter of oral rehydration salts per day, while children should be given a liter. Adults should consume three liters a day.

The United Nations has pledged to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Haitian people and authorities as they seek to contain this outbreak, the final statement said.