In response to the outbreak of cholera in neighboring Haiti, Dominican authorities are strengthening preventive measures aimed at keeping cholera out of the country. More than 3,000 cases of cholera have hit Haiti with 250 fatalities, 14 of them along the Haiti-Dominican border.
The authorities have instructed hospitals nationwide to treat cholera wherever it is detected to prevent the spread of the disease as has happened in Haiti. The health authorities are also working with a team of experts from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Bulletins containing information on preventive measures and the protocols to follow have been distributed all over the country. The Helath Minister advised the public to continue following the official recommendations and revealed that the ministry has taken control of the water filtration systems and ordered an increase of chlorine in the water.
A ban on cooked or raw food from Haiti is in effect. Every person crossing the border will be required to fill out a form as a way of preventing the disease from entering the country. Officials have admitted that there is a risk that cholera would enter the country because of its proximity to Haiti. The government has also suspended many of the food-related activities during “market days” along the border.