"Massive" investment in health care needed to fight cholera in Haiti

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Cholera vaccination campaign 2016. Photo: UNICEF/WHO

There is a need for a "huge and massive" investment in the health care system in Haiti to address the challenges faced by aid workers in fighting cholera.

UNICEF representative in the country, Marc Vincent, made the remarks on Friday from Port-au-Prince.

Ten months after the 2010 earthquake, cholera appeared in the Caribbean island nation for the first time in nearly a century.

An independent panel of experts confirmed that the source of the outbreak was caused by a bacteria introduced into Haiti "as a result of human activity"

According to the UN, the number of suspected cases stood at 13,000 this year.

Mr Vincent briefed Isabelle Dupuis on the latest figures regarding the epidemic and how it was affecting children.

Duration: 5'45"

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