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Gordon Robinson

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Jul 24, 2012
 
Number of cholera victims continues to rise

The number of victims claimed by the cholera outbreak in the southeastern province of Granma continued to climb this week. On Thursday, the provincial government confirmed that 186 people are now infected.

The number of new cases was made via a local television news program, but was not published in local or national press. The announcement also reminded people to boil water and use sodium hydrochlorite tablets distributed by the government to purify drinking water.

The outbreak prompted local authorities to cancel carnivals in Manzanillo and Bayamo scheduled for next month. The festival in Bayamo – the capital of Granma province – often attracts tourists from throughout the country; local authorities worried this could lead the epidemic to spread beyond the province.

There were also unconfirmed local rumors that the government is considering a quarantine of the area to halt the spread of the epidemic, reports Cubaencuentro.

Opposition journalists allege the government is not doing enough to contain the epidemic, though government reports continually claim that the number of cases is contained. The government also officially maintains that the epidemic has only claimed three lives, while independent media claim the real number is around 15.

Cuba to undertake improvement of water system

Cuba’s National Institute of Water Resources announced it will undertake construction and improvement projects to the country’s fresh water system this week. The announcement was made in a report presented before the plenary session for the National Assembly, which will begin discussions on Monday 23 July.

The projects will focus especially on water access in the east of the country, and on updating the water and sewer systems in the country’s largest cities. The director of the National Institute of Water Resources, Inés María Chapman, said the improvements were necessary after years of poor maintenance and ‘exploitation’ of existing infrastructure.

Chapman said the existing water system loses 1 billion cubic metres of water a year due to leaks and other malfunctions, and also pointed to a culture of ‘water waste’ on the island. The director said the current water system serves 94.5 percent of Cuba’s population, but that connection is poor in rural areas, where only 38.6 percent are connected to the central water system.

The cholera outbreak in Granma province mainly affected poorer residents who rely on well water for access to potable water, providing perhaps one motivation for the improvements. Droughts are also a frequent occurrence in eastern Cuba

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