The cholera outbreak in Haiti has already left 450 dead since its outbreak in October

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Merlin The Times Xmas charity. Merlin is a British charity that specialises in health, saving lives by delivering emergency medical aid and reviving health services in the toughest places. Merlin is currently working in 16 countries, with over 3,800 staff members, 98% of whom are based in the field. A new Cholera treatment centre (CTC), run by Merlin at Croix Des Bouquets opens to patients for the first time. The first patient is baby girl Michelle 1yr old who arrived with grandfather Deligene Joseph age unknown.. By Chris Harris for The Times 1-12-10

The Haitian Ministry of Public Health has confirmed that cholera has claimed the lives of 452 people since its outbreak three months ago in the Caribbean country; a health crisis that adds to the backs of a country in a state of food emergency and ravaged by crime.

According to the latest official balance published late on Saturday by Haiti Libre, the Haitian health authorities have confirmed a total of 1,570 cases while trying to finish verifying another 22,575 probable ones. The number of hospitalized with symptoms amounts to 18,360 since the declaration of the first case on October 3, 2021

The average age of those admitted to hospitals is 20 years and the incidence is especially notable among children between 1 and 9 years of age, which total some 7,200 probable cases.

To this must be added the hunger crisis. In this sense, the Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has announced that in the coming days the country will begin to receive financial support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to respond to the food emergency.

As reported by the head of the Executive, Haiti is one of the first countries to benefit from this program –called the Food Shock Window– and will allow it to implement “a series of social protection actions,” he detailed in a message via Twitter

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