聯合國兒童基金會執行主任探訪海地醫療中心慰問霍亂患者

聯合國兒童基金會執行主任探訪海地醫療中心慰問霍亂患者

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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visits a girl receiving intravenous fluids for cholera, at the UNICEF-assisted GHESKIO cholera treatment centre in the impoverished Cité lEternel neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Intravenous fluids are administered to remedy the dangerous levels of dehydration that accompany the disease.

On 15 December 2010, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited Haiti to support accelerated mobilizations by all United Nations and other partner organizations to prevent the further spread of cholera and to ensure timely treatment for all those affected. Cholera is a deadly bacterial infection that is spread through contaminated food and water. The epidemic has hospitalized 46,749 and killed 2,193, and the number of cases and deaths continues to rise. Mr. Lake visited cholera treatment centres in Port-au-Prince, the capital, and met with religious leaders and partner and media representatives. He also met with His Eminence Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas, who is coordinating support for the mobilization against cholera among religious groups. Even before the 12 January earthquake, which has left 1.3 million people still displaced, Haitis access to sanitation was among the worst in the world. Post-quake recovery efforts have made significant progress in providing safe water and sanitation, but communicable diseases remain a threat. UNICEF is working with the Government and other partners to scale up cholera treatment facilities throughout the country and to disseminate cholera prevention information, as well as providing medical teams, water purification supplies, antibiotics, oral rehydration salts (ORS) and therapeutic foods. Haitis sanitation agency DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et de l'Assainissement) is also distributing chlorine tablets and safe water, and is testing water sources for contamination. On 12 November, UNICEF joined other United Nations agencies and partners to issue a new appeal for US $164 million  of which UNICEFs portion is US $25.2 million  to respond to the cholera emergency. Sixty per cent of UNICEFs portion of the appeal has been received.

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聯合國兒童基金會執行主任安東尼‧雷克先生前往海地首都,親身慰問霍亂患者及了解他們的需要。雷克先生藉探訪太子港,對聯合國組織以及當地人民為抗疫付出的努力表示支持及鼓勵。疫症至目前為止已爆發了兩個月,全國共10個區內皆有發現病例。


是次探訪於太子港貧困地區內的GHESKIO醫療中心進行。期間,雷克先生亦有與Religion for Peace(宗教為和平)召集人Pierre-Andre Dumas主教會面,該組織動員了海地全國各宗教團體如:天主教、新教及巫教,共同支持抗疫及預防工作。

此中心是本會及合作組織,於海地全國各地建立共72所霍亂醫療中心及部門之一。除此之外,本會亦正進行各項防疫活動,如於5,000所學校、300所 「兒童友好營養中心」及逾700所「兒童之家」內派發肥皂、淨水丸及口服防脫水鹽,以及為導師和學生提供衞生安全訓練。

探訪期間,雷克先生特別強調了以下抗疫重點:

1. 保證聯合國、各非政府組織及聯合國兒童基金會對海地抗疫工作的支持;

2. 抗疫的關鍵在於動員當地具影響力的宗教團體及領袖;

3. 海地人民是抗疫工作最重要的合作夥伴,必須讓他們知道霍亂是可預防及治療的;

4. 任何人都可能感染霍亂,患者並不應害怕到醫療中心接受治療及幫助;

5. 不同政治立場應該都有同樣看法:政治局勢不應影響抗疫工作;

6. 所有人道主義組織都應該獲准在當地工作,以及能夠自由地使用醫療用品及其組織的補給品。

1月地震、接連的水災及現時的霍亂疫症,海地兒童及家庭一直承受著無比苦痛,極需要國內及國際間持之而恆的援助及政治決心。

「無論是是次霍亂疫症或是1月發生的地震,兒童在災難中往往是受影響最嚴重的一群。」雷克先生表示:「而我們共同的責任便是確保兒童及其家庭在危難中受到保護,包括近日的政治緊張局面。」

他強調現時海地的不穩定局面正進一步威脅兒童及其家庭得人生安全,而且更阻礙入本會等人道主義組織的救援工作。