Deadly hurricane shows need to step up Haiti cholera efforts: UN chief

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Scene from Les Cayes, Haiti, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 storm which made landfall in the country on 4 October.UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti has made it even more vital to step up efforts to address cholera in the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists in New York on Monday.

UN personnel were accused of being responsible for a cholera outbreak which has resulted in more than 9,000 deaths and affected more than 750,000 Haitians since 2010.

Dianne Penn reports.

The United Nations has launched a US$120 million appeal in the wake of Hurricane Matthew which hit Haiti last Tuesday, leaving hundreds dead and at least 1.4 million in need of assistance.

The funding will cover needs for the next three months.

The Secretary-General said the storm has also increased the risk of illness, including water-borne diseases such as cholera.

"As you know, I am developing a new approach to the cholera situation. This will encompass support for people affected by the disease and for efforts to build sound water, sanitation and health systems in order to help eliminate cholera in Haiti. This disaster makes it even more vital to significantly step up our support and to do so right now."

Mr Ban expressed his strong solidarity with the people of Haiti.

He also called on the international community to show its generosity and solidarity in responding to the emergency.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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