Country’s cholera epidemic is out of control, doctors’ guild says - The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) yesterday called the country’s cholera epidemic out of control, and asked the Government to be more responsible to deal with society’s ample segments of poverty.

CMD president Senén Caba also said he doubt’s the Health Ministry’s claims of lower infant mortality rate.

He affirmed that there are more than 15,000 cholera cases and dozens of deaths which haven’t been properly reported, citing hospitals in Santo Domingo, San Pedro (east), San Cristóbal, Elías Piña and La Romana, as the having the most  patients.

Caba affirmed that on average the hospitals receive 30 cases per day, mostly residing in poor barrios in greater Santo Domingo, and several provinces.

The doctors said the evidence the epidemic went of control is that the Health Ministry has been requesting meetings with leaders of the water sector.

Dominican Watchdog Note: This confirms with what we have stated in several articles over the last 6 months. In the fear of losing tourists the Dominican government has been hiding the real numbers of cholera cases and related deaths.

The most serious cholera attack on tourists happened inside the five star Casa de Campo resort. More than 500 VIP guests got sick of cholera. The government tried to hide that story from the press. Read the full story here

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