Cuban Medical Brigade in Haiti Ready to Face Impact of Tropical Storm Emily
- Submitted by: manso
- 08 / 04 / 2011
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 3 (acn) The members of the Cuban medical brigade in Haiti are ready to assist potential victims of the imminent impact of tropical storm Emily, which is expected to affect this Caribbean nation as of Wednesday night.
According to Granma newspaper, the medical personnel are carrying out educational and preventive actions while other measures have been taken to protect the health professionals as well.
Dr. Lorenzo Somarriba Lopez, head of the Cuban medical brigade, said that prioritized attention is being paid to the control of the cholera epidemic, a situation that could become more complicated due to the expected heavy rains associated with Emily.
The Cuban health specialists have saved almost 75,500 Haitian people from the disease and no deaths due to cholera have been reported over the last 195 days.
On Wednesday morning, Emily was located near latitude 16.6 North and longitude 69.0 West, nearly 230 kilometers south-southeast of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. It is moving westward at 22 kilometers per hour. Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 km/h with higher gusts.