CaribWorldNews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Mon. Jan. 3, 2010: Haiti`s death count for cholera reached 3,333 even as the country marked its 207th year of independence from France with protests.
According to the country`s Health Ministry, the fatality from the water borne disease continues to rise. Some 148,787 people have also been infected since the outbreak in October 2010.
Cholera had been eradicated in Haiti until its reappearance in October and a French expert has blamed the Nepal-born, U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti for bringing the virus into the country.
Doctors Without Borders says it is operating or supporting almost 50 cholera treatment centers and units across the country and also providing supplies for oral rehydration points in areas where the epidemic has yet to take hold in significant numbers, in remote regions or villages that are underserved by health posts.
The cholera epidemic comes as more than 100 protesters burned tires and blocked roads on Saturday. Protests also broke out in the northern city of Gonaives, where rioters demanded that Haitian President Rene Preval be arrested, following the disputed November 28 presidential election.
International monitors have started a verification process aimed at breaking the political impasse in Haiti following the disputed election.
A 10-strong OAS team made up of statisticians and electoral and legal experts from the United States, Chile, Canada, France and Jamaica began their verification work on Thursday, Dec. 30th.
Official results of the Nov. 28 polls had former first lady Mirlande Manigat in the lead with 31 per cent of the vote, followed by ruling party candidate Jude Celestin with 22 per cent.