Cholera in Haiti: humedica has been treating since Friday – deployment of further mission teams is being arranged

by Caroline Klein/SRI,  2010/10/23

The statement of the Haitian Ministry for Health that so far 200 people have died, already is tragic news in itself; in the face of the extremely short time that passed between news of a supposed cholera epidemic and these deaths, and the over 2000 infected persons, it is clear that the country urgently needs systematic help. The Ministry for Health has declared a state of sanitary emergency.

If it is not fought, cholera is a threat to the lives of all people; as always, those infected first are children or the old and weak. In this photo a baby in Drouin is put on a drip. Photo: humedica

Normally, the humedica team headed by the experienced physician Irmgard Harms (Hindelang) works in Port-au-Prince, but as early as on Friday, the team could already treat first patients at a hospital in Drouin (region Saint-Marc).

“We were able to examine about 40 patients,” reported coordinator Caroline Klein, “and sadly, two persons were already lying dead in the front yard of the hospital”. The mission team members had to apply numerous drip infusions, partly inserting them in the patients’ feet. A definitely increasing number of patients are seeking out the health stations of the region Saint-Marc.

The health stations, in turn, are overcrowded due to this onrush and they still do not dispose of the drugs and medical material necessary to effectively fight the epidemic.

“Sometimes we resolved to singing songs in order to calm the children,” continues our coordinator Caroline Klein. “Unfortunately we were not able to save a 35 year old man, despite the untiring efforts of our physician Irmgard Harms”.

Even on Saturday, humedica was preparing everything for the deployment of further teams in Haiti. It remains to be hoped that the cholera epidemic will not spread to other parts of the country, like for example to the still partly destroyed capital Port-au-Prince.

Due to the time difference, preparations for today’s relief mission had not yet been concluded for the humedica team in Haiti. Besides Drouin, also Desdunes would be an option. According to information provided by coordinator Caroline Klein, people in Desdunes had not yet received any help by relief organisations.

In order to help our honorary employees fight the cholera epidemic, humedica would like to ask the people in Germany for a targeted donation to the account below:

      humedica e. V.
      Donation Refence “Cholera Haiti
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren
      

You can also support us by means of a direct donation via our online form.
Or donate in a safe, fast and direct way by means of sending a text message: send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90. Of the 5 euros you donate, 4.83 euros will be channelled directly into the humedica disaster relief projects.

You can also support us in a fast and direct way by means of sending a text message: send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 81190. 4.83 euros of the total amount of 5 euros will be channelled directly into the humedica disaster relief projects.

The circumstances at the hospital of Drouin in the region of Saint Marc can hardly be imagined. Photo: humedica/Caroline Klein

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