Spain helping 40 percent of Haitians suffering from cholera

The aid to be sent in 4 instalments will also include medicine for cholera.

Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 11:30 AM IST

Madrid: Forty percent of Haitians suffering from cholera are receiving economic aid from Spain, Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba has said.

Rubalcaba, however, added that there was still "very much" left to do in the earthquake-devastated country.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: "Spain has clearly fulfilled its commitments. We have invested and done all we said we would do."

He was referring to the Spanish government`s provision of EUR 170 million (USD 221 million) to Haiti since the January 12, 2010, temblor.

"We Spaniards have helped in Haiti`s reconstruction just as we decided, though we`re not satisfied because there is still very much to do," Rubalcaba said.

The Spanish government has also approved an emergency aid worth EUR 1 million (USD 1.3 million) to provide humanitarian aid for people affected by the cholera outbreak, which has claimed nearly 3,800 lives since October 2010.

The aid to be sent in four instalments will include medicine for diarrhoea and cholera, serums, rehydration supplements, material for administering medical treatments, pills for purifying drinking water, water storage equipment and other health-care supplies.