Street vendors in front of the State University Hospital A view of the interior of the State University Hospital

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s State University Hospital (HUEH) said it cannot adequately treat patients coming in after cholera broke out in Haiti. 

In all to date, at least 75 cases have been reported. More than 60 people have already fallen ill and been hospitalized from various hospitals and medical centers, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres said in a statement. HUEH said they received four of the sick patients, but they are not able to treat or isolate any infected patients because the hospital is not well equipped and is now unable to provide care safely to patients and better working conditions for staff. 

“I am not aware of any initiative aimed at assisting a possible cholera outbreak and the ill patients,” a resident doctor at the HUEH said on condition of anonymity, because he's not authorized to talk.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.