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Life in the Time of Cholera

The nightmare unleashed by the earthquake in Haiti boarders on the surreal.  We are simultaneously drawn into the epic disaster that repulses and threatens to overwhelm our sense of empathy and compassion.  The  outbreak of cholera compounds the suffering of the Haitian people as the unfolding tragedy escalates into an unimaginable spectacle whose severity, scale and complexity daunts comprehension.

The heroic efforts of the Haitian people assisted by aid workers, foreign governments and NGOs have diligently engaged the urgent mission to combat the carnage wrought by the disastrous earthquake.  The efforts to rescue, resuscitate and rebuild a nation entombed by the earthquakes rubble and a crippling legacy of poverty and underdevelopment must now also battle cholera in the multi-front war against this disaster.

It is believed that the earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people, injured 300,000 and made 1,000,000 homeless.   It is estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.  Its ability to respond to the cholera outbreak is severely compromised due to the lack of administrative capability and an infrastructure to provide potable water, waste disposal and deliver medical services to the distressed population.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the absence of simple remedial medical care let thousands of minor untreated wounds fester.  Tiny cuts grew into major infections, turned gangrenous and required amputation of arms and legs.  These amputations could have been avoided with a timely treatment of simple antiseptic and a band aid.  The inability to quickly extract the trapped, the blockage of debris strewn roads, the disruption of  water, flattened hospitals and the nonavailability of trained medical personnel  transformed a patient with a minor treatable injury into an amputee.  Haiti is now a nation of amputees.

As the threat of the cholera plague grows, the growing desperation of a desperate people in a desperate situation also grows.  In the absence of simple and timely remedies small treatable wounds becomes terminal. The world can ill afford to abandon the ravaged people of Haiti to scavenge the countryside and roam through the rubble strewn streets of Port-Au-Prince in search of a cure for a nations ailments.  Life in the time of cholera in Haiti does not have to be long lived.  The timely delivery of small and simple treatments can repress this growing nightmare and put an end to this ongoing human tragedy.  The required aid to remedy this festering wound on the body of humanity is tantalizingly close and we must not allow it to remain just out of reach for those dying from the want of a cure.

To help please consider supporting the work of Doctors Without Borders.

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October 23, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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