UN allocates extra $1.5 million to fight cholera in Haiti

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Haitian girl being treated for cholera

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator says additional funding will be given to support cholera response in Haiti.

Valerie Amos on Thursday announced that a further $1.5 million will be allocated to the effort, bringing the total amount this year to $4 million.

The money will help humanitarian partners provide treatment in high-risk areas ahead of the rainy season, when cholera cases are set to rise.

An official from the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports, however, that more needs to be done to help those suffering from the disease and to prevent its spread.

OCHA says that since the 2010 cholera outbreak in the Caribbean nation, that more than 8,000 people have died and over 660,000 others have been infected.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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