Operation Blessing Funds Cholera Ward for Haiti

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The cholera outbreak in Haiti has now killed more than 1,000 people and made thousands more sick.

Operation Blessing International is working with St. Luc Hospital and St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Port-au-Prince to treat people with the deadly disease.

The organization is helping fund a project that's turning a soccer field into an isolation ward.

Five large tents with beds have been set up, along with a triage unit with a hand-washing station, a laundry unit, and a disposal for contaminated waste.

Operation Blessing also continues to use 35 water filtration and chlorination units throughout the capital and in areas hit hardest by the outbreak. Each unit can produce up to 10,000 gallons of clean water everyday.

Patients can receive antibiotics, intravenous fluids, and other medication. All of it is free of charge.

"Cholera victims, as well as many patients who think they might have cholera are welcomed by the staff of St Damien and St Luc's each day," said Bill Horan, president of Operation Blessing International. "Treatment, which is free, includes antibiotics, injections to inhibit vomiting, hydration medications and intravenous units of life-giving fluids."

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