The spots present a series of warnings about cholera, explaining in simple language how people can avoid contracting it. There are eight spots in the series, covering themes such as food safety and the handling of excrement and garbage.
The White Helmets Commission of the Argentinian Foreign Ministry met with the office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Buenos Aires and the Panama regional office of the Organization to assess a possible humanitarian assistance to Haiti because of the cholera outbreak that affects that Caribbean nation.
Washington, Oct. 25, 2010 – As of today, the MSPP (Ministère de la santé publique et de la population), with support from partners like PAHO and the CDC, has reported 259 fatalities and 3,342 confirmed cases. Currently there are 12 cholera treatment centers being built to support isolation and treatment of cases: six in Artibonite, one in Central, and five in Port-au-Prince.
The emphasis is on prevention by ensuring clean water, promoting good personal hygiene, and food handling practices, including hand washing and trying to prevent defecation in open areas.
Health Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) are coordinating mechanisms to help Haiti in the outbreak of cholera that has so far killed nearly 200 people. A statement from the Health Ministry of Ecuador David Chiriboga, who holds the rotating presidency of the regional body, said that all member states are seeking to implement a strategy to help the Haitian government. He added that to face the health crisis in Haiti the Ecuadorian government will deliver humanitarian aid such as drinking water, oral rehydration salts, antibiotics, chlorine, gloves, and personal toilet products, among others. (El Universo de Guayaquil 10/23/2010)