Reflections by Comrade Fidel
MINUSTAH AND THE EPIDEMIC
About three weeks ago news and photos were published showing Haitian citizens throwing stones and protesting in indignation against the forces of MINUSTAH, accusing it of having transmitted cholera to that country by way of a Nepalese soldier.
The first impression, if one doesn’t get any additional information, is that this deals with a rumour born out of the hatred caused by any occupying army.
How could this be proven? Many of us were not aware of the
characteristics of cholera and how it is transmitted. A few days later the protests ceased in
The epidemic followed its inexorable course, and other problems, such as the risks from the electoral battle, took up our time.
Today we are getting reliable and believable news about what really happened. The Haitian people had reason aplenty to express their indignant protests.
The AFP news agency textually reported that: “The renowned French epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux led research in Haiti last month and came to the conclusion that the epidemic was generated by an imported strain and spread from the Nepalese base” of the MINUSTAH.
Another European agency, EFE,
reported that: “The origin of the disease is in the small town of
“Up to the present time, the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has denied that the epidemic entered along with the blue helmets.”
“…French doctor Renaud Piarroux, considered to be one of the main specialists in the world in the study of the cholera epidemic, leaves no doubts about the origin of the disease…”
“The study was
“…the appearance of the disease coincides with the arrival of Nepalese soldiers who, moreover, come from a country where there is a cholera epidemic.
“There is no other way to explain the sudden and powerful outbreak of cholera in a small town with a few dozen inhabitants.
“The report also analyzes the way the illness spreads, since the fecal waters in the Nepalese camp were draining into the same river from which the townspeople were getting their drinking water.”
The most surprising thing, according to the abovementioned agency, the UN did was to “…send a research mission into the Nepalese camp, and it concluded that it couldn’t be the origin of the epidemic.”
Why did the UN insist on denying that MINUSTAH brought the epidemic to
the Haitian people? We are not blaming
We inquired among the Cuban doctors who are today providing their
I make a brief summary of what was communicated to us by Yamila Zayas
Nápoles, a specialist in comprehensive general medicine and anesthesiology,
director of a medical institution with 8 basic specialties and the diagnostics
of the Cuba-Venezuela Project inaugurated in October
On Saturday October 15, 3 patients were admitted with symptoms of diarrhea and acute dehydration: on Sunday the 16th , 4 more were admitted with similar characteristics, but all from the same family, and they made the decision to isolate them and communicate what happened to the mission; on Monday the 17th, 28 patients were admitted, surprisingly, with the same symptoms.
The Medical Mission urgently sent a group of epidemiologists who took blood, vomit, stool samples and information that was sent immediately to the national Haitian laboratories.
On October 22nd the labs informed that the isolated strain
corresponded to the one prevalent in Asia and
Despite the sudden form in which cholera appeared in the small but excellent hospital that is at the service of Haiti, of the first 2,822 patients initially looked after in its isolation areas, only 13 people died, for a death rate of 0.5%; later on, when the Cholera Treatment Centre was created separately, of 3,459 patients, 5 of the very serious cases died, for a rate of 0.1%.
The total figure for persons ill from cholera in
Fidel Castro Ruz
December 7, 2010