Cholera on the rise in Haiti: IOM

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Haitian girl is treated for cholera

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing over 9,000 cholera kits to respond to an outbreak of the disease in Haiti.

It says that with several new outbreaks of cholera recorded by Haiti's national alert since the passage of Hurricane Sandy, there are now more than 3,500 confirmed cases.

The Haitian Ministry of Health has also confirmed more than 800 suspected cases of cholera in the capital, Port-au-Prince metropolitan areas and the Upper Artibonite region.

IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the areas affected most are the camps for internally displaced people, particularly in Camp Bobin in the capital.

"There are new cases there and what IOM is doing towards the outbreak is that we have responded by providing approximately 10,000 cholera kits containing Oral Rehydration Salts, aquatabs and chlorine, which were distributed this week in 31 camps which are badly hit by cholera in the area." Jumbe Omari Jumbe says that Haiti has been facing the problem of cholera since 2010 and 7,500 people have died of the disease.”

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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