IRIN Global | Nepal denies link to Haiti cholera | Haiti | Nepal | Health & Nutrition | Natural Disasters

“It is easy to blame the Nepali soldiers as they contribute a lot to UN peacekeeping missions, and they happened to be in Haiti at the right time when the epidemic occurred, but it is dangerous to pinpoint a group of nationals,” said Dr Babu Ram Marasini, Director of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of Nepal’s Department of Health Services (DOHS).

The issue resurfaced in October 2013, when lawyers representing families of the victims in Haiti filed a lawsuit in New York against the United Nations, charging the outbreak had been triggered when sewage from infected peacekeepers was discharged into the water system.

Following the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake on 12 January 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people, Haiti reported an outbreak of cholera – an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if untreated – for the first time in over a century. via IRIN Global | Natural Disasters



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