Health Innovations - Cholera in Haiti - SA18836
More than 5,000 people have died of Cholera in Haiti and half a million have fallen ill in just six months. A cholera treatment center with 25 beds is bulging at the seams with patients being forced to share a bed. Poor sanitation is fuelling the disease outbreak and the government is now building its first-ever sewage treatment center.
The unexpected killer has made a terrifying comeback in Haiti. Cholera is contracted by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria. This causes severe diarrhea and vomiting. All patients with Cholera symptoms are isolated in these wards and treated with antibiotics and fluids. As desperate as people are, this fast response has managed to slow the spread of the disease.