By Rashid Haider, Haiti Chery. Prof. Richard A. Finkelstein, an eminent microbiologist and Nobel-Prize nominee for his pioneering studies on cholera, advises that for cholera “the best solution resides in providing safe drinking water and sewage disposal.” In Dec 2010, alarmed by the oral vaccination plans for Haiti, he wrote to the health officials, including Jon Andrus, the Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) that the proposed use of Dukoral was “a useless and expensive waste of resources.” This vaccine was not adopted, but a campaign immediately started for the use of Shanchol, another questionable oral cholera vaccine. (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Dr. Renaud Piarroux led a team including Haitian epidemiologists that tracked Haiti’s cholera to the Nepalese MINUSTAH base in October 2010. One of the conclusions made by him and his team is that there must have been U.N. soldiers on the base visibly and seriously ill with cholera. Piarroux argues that Haiti’s cholera can be eradicated with vigilence, good waste treatment, and clean drinking water and suggests that the U.N. should pay the bill for this. DC (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. It took nearly a year to provide conclusive scientific proof that Haiti’s cholera came from Nepal because, despite an epidemiological link of the disease to a UN “peacekeepers” base full of Nepalese troops, scientists had not bothered to compare the cholera from Haiti to cholera from Nepal. (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Hurricane Tomas swept through the Grande Anse region (south west) of Haiti last weekend, destroying over 1,000 homes and killing more than 30 people, according to the Haitian news. I would challenge readers to find the words “Grande Anse” in any recent English-language news item about Haiti.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. To blame Haiti’s cholera outbreak on “overcrowding and poor sanitation,” as is routinely done in the news, is to suggest the impossible: that Vibrio cholera bacteria can spontaneously appear out of thin air although there has been no record of cholera on the island in over 100 years.