Diphtheria Outbreak Leads to Emergency Vaccination Program
|Tuesday, 18 May 2010 16:31|
The report does a good job describing how - despite its fixation on Penn’s personality – that the boy’s life might have been saved had, first, vaccinations been available, and then, second, the antitoxin to treat diphtheria been more easily accessible once Oriel came down with the disease. Yet, as CNN reported, “it took Penn -- even with his star power -- 11 hours to get his hands on one dose.”After the report, the World Health Organization responded by saying that it was "just an isolated case and there are no other cases."
Today, the UN News Center reports that an outbreak of the disease over the weekend has prompted health authorities to begin a targeted vaccination campaign, writing:
Cases of the disease were first reported on Saturday in Camp Batimat in Cité Soleil district, one of the settlements housing people displaced by the January earthquake, Christiane Berthiaume, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told reporters in Geneva.
The CNN report last week noted that Penn, "wants aid agencies to begin immediate vaccinations. UNICEF has plans to do just that, but has not started yet."
With some 1.5 million Haitians living in squalid conditions in IDP camps, there have long been warnings of possible outbreaks of disease.