„They must go and build pumps, it is this type of man power that is missing and we ask also that this is a national mobilization. And within this national mobilization there are other things that can be done.”
„If the authorities of the state allow, they could mobilize masses of students that went to study in Cuba, that went to study medicine; there are a number of students now that are on vacation, they can go to the villages and help…”
„For us, we say, we don’t want the CTC (cholera treatment center) anymore because the CTC is an organ for treatment, which means the person must already be infected.”
„For us we want centers for prevention and treatment so that we can call CPC.”
„In the CPC, the prevention is a cultural prevention. For it is potable water we must introduce into the country, the peasants have never found potable water, and they must be able to find potable water today, and it is MINUSTAH who owes us this reparation.”
To date, some 5,400 persons have died of cholera and the first suggestion of accountability has pointed in the direction of the United Nations. A U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published on the very day of this press conference found that a pipe dumping refuse in the water stream, among other sanitation deficiencies at a MINUSTAH camp in Mirebalais as the source of the contamination.
Wednesday President Michel Martelly welcomed the new head of MINUSTAH, Chilean, Mariano Fernandez into his post and required that the new head of the mission encourage more visibility from the soldiers, in terms of law enforcement and more participation in reconstruction projects.