|DominicanToday.com – While the cholera epidemic that broke out in November last year killing 36 persons so far, doctors and nurses at one of the few hospitals in with the capacity to treat cholera patients went on strike this week after a nurse became infected with the disease.
The latest cholera victims in the country are a one-year-old little girl, who lived in Los Mina and who received medical attention at the San Lorenzo Maternity Hospital, and the other is a woman, 52, from Elias Piña province. Health officials said the number of infections grew from 1,288 to 1,563.
Nurse Ramona Rivera is suspected of having contracted cholera this week while handling the waste of other cholera patients at the hospital in the capital, Santo Domingo.
According to Felipe de la Rosa, general secretary for a medical workers union, workers are demanding better sanitary conditions at Francisco Moscoso Puello Hospital, which often lacks water, medication and a system to safely dispose of waste.
Health Minister Bautista Rojas criticized the strike as an inconsiderate act toward the most vulnerable population, while Senen Caba, president of the Dominican Medical Association, said the strike will continue indefinitely until conditions improve.