January 31, 2011

Cholera Fight In Haiti Hailed By Clinton

The wave of cholera that has killed more than 4,000 Haitians since October is receding, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters on Sunday. "I want to first of all express my great appreciation and admiration for everyone working to stem and then reverse the cholera epidemic," Clinton said in baking heat outside the tent-like structure.

She reiterated the US commitment to Haitians' health needs "and other needs that are present and in many ways exacerbated by the continuing efforts at reconstruction and redevelopment following the earthquake."

Only 5 percent of Haiti has been rebuilt since the quake struck on January 12, 2010. More than 220,000 people were killed and left 1.3 million people homeless. "It's a good news story to the extent that the numbers are diminishing but it's by no means over.

"They are still admitting patients, as they did today," the chief US diplomat said during her 15-minute tour. "Thankfully we are better equipped to be able to save lives and limit the fatalities but we have a long way to go, just as we have a long way to go with our work in Haiti," she said.


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