HAVANA, CUBA.- An action plan to prevent and fight communicable diseases in Port-au-Prince is ready to be implemented by a Cuban anti-vector brigade in the Haitian capital as soon as the Haitian authorities approve it.
The program includes works in hospitals and other facilities in the city, devastated by an earthquake almost two weeks ago, in the outskirts and in other departments.
Eduardo Nuñez Valdes, an epidemiologist from the Cuban province of Matanzas currently in Port-au-Prince, said that it is necessary to act fast because the increase of parasitic and infectious diseases may result in an epidemic due to the existing unsanitary conditions.
A total of 62 technicians specialized on vector-control arrived from Cuba in Haiti to work in this campaign along with Cuban doctors and Haitian fifth-year students from the Santiago de Cuba venue of the Latin American School of Medicine.
The campaign includes actions against conditions that can generate respiratory, digestive and vector communicable diseases, particularly leptospirosis, typhoid fever, cholera, malaria and others.