Robert Reid Hospital inaugurates unit for the management of patients with cholera
The Robert Reid Cabral Pediatric Hospital opened its Cholera Unit on Thursday in the health center’s isolation room to provide special care to children who exhibit symptoms of this disease, which causes acute diarrhea. Clemente Terrero, the health center’s director, stated that as a result of the cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti at the end of last year, the hospital “has handled several patients with cholera who have come from different parts of the country” and that they realized it was “prudent” to have an exclusive unit for the reception of symptomatic patients. “Our hospital has prepared to continue providing first-class care to children affected by illness, with the highest quality standards and humane treatment,” he said.
This health center received seven suspected cholera cases, four confirmed as positive and three negative. Five of these cases involved minors from La Zurza, San Carlos, and Ocoa. The patients were between one and four years old. Irma Coradin, the hospital’s in-charge of infectious diseases, explained that not all patients require intravenous hydration because some recover with oral hydration. “It is a disease that, if not treated promptly, ruins people’s lives due to the dehydration it causes,” she explained. Similarly, she stated that “no mortality has been recorded thus far, thank God.”
The hospital has not yet been added to the list of medical facilities where vulnerable patients can get the cholera vaccine. Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes severe acute watery diarrhea. Symptoms can appear between 12 hours and 5 days after consuming contaminated food or water. Cholera affects both children and adults and, if left untreated, can be fatal in a matter of hours.