Old Diseases Make Strong Comebacks: Haiti, Mali, Polio Pt. 2

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 19:54 PM
July 26, 2012

Like whooping cough, old diseases coming back in force around the world include cholera, polio, gonorrhea and others.  And much of the wild spread of one disease can be attributed to workers for the United Nations.

The cholera outbreak in Haiti is now three years old, and it does not appear to be abating.  Members of the U.S. Congress have called upon the United Nations to take a greater role in addressing the disease as their workers, Nepali peacekeepers stationed in Haiti in 2010, introduced Vibrio Cholerae––an Asian cholera strain––to the Caribbean island.

In a letter to U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Susan Rice, Representative John Conyers, Jr. wrote:  “It is imperative for the U.N. to now act decisively to control the cholera epidemic.  A failure to act will not only lead to countless more deaths . . . [it] will pose a permanent public health threat.”

So far, the U.N. has not taken responsibility for the 5,000 victims of the disease still living.  Haiti has not seen cholera on its shores for over a century. However, this spread of Asian cholera has killed more than 7,000 Haitians.  The disease which causes diarrhea, vomiting and extreme dehydration has impacted Haiti’s economy.  And now the disease is spreading to other countries in the Caribbean.  At last count, Cuba has 170 confirmed cases.

Mali has more of a record of cholera.  Yet 60 people in the Sahel region have died from the disease already this year.  Reporters for AFP News Service say the current epidemic is centered in Mali and Niger.  UNICEF reports that in this year alone some 700 people have died from cholera in West and Central Africa, and 29,000 more cases of the illness are reported.

Like mothers of some polio victims in the United States, busy mothers in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan often don’t follow up on all necessary oral polio vaccines.  As a result, ‘wild poliovirus’ among children in these countries is rising.

Dr. Olarenwaju Ekunjimi, president of the Association of Resident Doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, says the problem is corruption:  “Everybody wants to make money out of the system so long as donors continue to pump money into the program. If the government achieves total eradication of polio, the funds will stop and people benefiting from it will lose out.”

The United Nations does not want to admit its negligence brought cholera to Haiti.  Officials in Nigeria prefer to receive multi-million dollar contributions rather than saving children from polio.  These leaders should realize that when dealing with children, they are dealing with God   As The LORD Jesus says in used Christian Bibles “Whosoever shall receive this child in My name receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receiveth Him that sent Me: (Luke 9: 48).”

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