Haiti receives more than 1 million cholera vaccines, Deaths near 300
by NewsDesk Laugh
in Follow-up of the cholera epidemic that began in Haiti in early October, the Pan American Health Organization (Pan American Health Organization) announced this week that the country had received about 1.17 million doses of oral cholera vaccines.
The vaccine (Evichol) was provided by the International Coordination Group on Vaccine Provision (IGC), which manages the global cholera vaccine stockpile, at the request of Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP, its French acronym).
The vaccination campaign is set to begin in Haiti in the coming days, initially targeting residents over one year of age in Cité Soleil, Delmas, Tabaré, Carrefour and Port-au-Prince in the department of Ouest and Mirbalais in the center department – areas where the virus has been reported. Most cases of cholera to date.
“Haiti has experience managing cholera, but the fragile security situation has slowed response efforts, so the arrival of these vaccines is most welcome,” said Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization. “PAHO has been working with Haiti since the resurgence of cholera and will continue to support national authorities to quickly distribute vaccines, monitor cases and provide life-saving care.”
The first cases of cholera were reported in Haiti on October 2 after more than 3 years without any cases being reported.
As of December 11, 14,777 suspected cholera cases, including 291 deaths, had been reported. 1,262 confirmed cases have been recorded so far.
Three divisions account for 94% of the confirmed cases reported: West, Central and Artibonite.
Cholera was first reported in Haiti in October 2010. Nationwide, a total of 820,000 cholera cases including 9,792 deaths were reported between October 2010 and February 2019. The last confirmed case in this outbreak was reported in January 2019.