Increase in new cases of cholera seen in Haiti: WHO

Cholera Patients Treated in Haiti

Cholera Patients Treated in Haiti

NARRATION: The World Health Organization -WHO says there has been an increase in new cholera cases in the Western department of Haiti. Health officials fear the new outbreak may reach the capital Port au Prince.

More from Spokeswoman Fadela Chaib in Geneva.

TAPE:         But given the early detection of alert, a prompt response is now underway. We are lucky to have several partners active in the West Department. What does this increase of cases tell us? This tells us that it's a reminder that we cannot let down our guard. It's not yet over. Cholera cases will stay in Haiti for the coming years unless the situation of water and sanitation is fixed. There are several projects throughout the country to fix the water and sanitation. They are small projects run by NGO's but it's a huge undertaking.

NAR: WHO says the presence of many health players in Haiti was responsible for the early detection of the cases in the West Department. The agency says a prompt response is now underway.

This is Donn Bobb reporting. 

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