Cholera Still a Serious Threat in Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, (Prensa Latina) The death of 20 people in two weeks in the Dominican Republic does not offer an optimistic control panorama for the cholera epidemic, said here on Monday Doctor Senen Caba, president of the Dominican Medical College (CMD).

 Dr. Caba answered questions from Prensa Latina at the CMD venue Monday, and said the local Public Health Ministry does not offer exact or transparent data, since a high mortality rate by cholera is still being registered.

"Besides this, the weak public investment in the sector, which is hardly 1.2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, is also adding to the difficulties in controlling the disease," said Dr. Caba.

The most recent outbreaks occurred in San Juan de la Maguana and Samana, and were disregarded by the Public Health Ministry. In a community called La Victoria, 14 people died but they were not recognized.

Dr. Caba said that given the conditions of overcrowding, lack of drinkable water and extreme poverty, he recommended that people constantly wash their hands, chlorinate the water with a spoonful per gallon, and use latrines to avoid infection by excrement.

If the person feels any symptom such as diarrhea, vomiting or fever, he or she must immediately go to the closest primary health attention center.

The real statistics of the cholera epidemic show that more than 250 people have died, and sick people since November 2010 up to now double the 15,000 reported by the Public Health Ministry.

Dr. Caba said tests to verify whether suspected cases are affected with the disease are no longer carried out.

"In fact we are still in the middle of an epidemic, which will only finish when all of us are immunized," Caba concluded.
 

 

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Colegio Médico Dominicano dice que cólera no cede


Por Elsy Fors Garzon

Santo Domingo, 5 sep (PL) La muerte de 20 personas en dos semanas en la República Dominicana, no ofrece un panorama optimista de control de la epidemia del cólera, afirmó aquí el presidente del Colegio Médico Dominicano, doctor Senén Caba.

El galeno respondió así a preguntas de Prensa Latina en la sede del CMD y añadió que el Ministerio de Salud Pública no ofrece datos exactos ni transparentes, pues todavía se registra una alta tasa de mortalidad de esa enfermedad.

A esto se agrega, dijo Caba, la débil inversión pública en este sector, al que se destina apenas el 1.2 por ciento del producto interno bruto (PIB).

Los brotes de cólera más recientes en San Juan de la Maguana y Samaná fueron desestimados por Salud Pública. En la comunidad de La Victoria murieron 14 y no fueron reconocidos.

El doctor Caba dijo que en condiciones de hacinamiento, falta de agua potable y condiciones de extrema pobreza recomienda a la población, en primer lugar, el lavado constante de las manos, clorar el agua a razón de una cucharadita por galón y disponer de letrinas para evitar el contagio por las excretas.

De sentir síntomas de cólera, como diarrea, vómitos y fiebre, acudir de inmediato a cualquier centro de atención primaria de salud.

Las estadísticas reales de la epidemia señalan que han fallecido más de 250 casos y los enfermos desde noviembre de 2010 hasta la fecha duplican los 15 mil reportados por el Ministerio de Salud Pública.

El presidente del CMD reveló que ya no se hacen pruebas a los pacientes sospechosos para verificar si tienen la enfermedad.

En realidad, todavía estamos en medio de una epidemia que solo terminará cuando todos estemos inmunizados, dijo en conclusión el doctor Caba.

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