AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Cholera threatens prisons, denounces the Catholic Church

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Santo Domingo (Agenzia Fides) - The Pastoral Commission in the Dominican Republic prisons has accused the National Directorate of Prisons (NDP) of hiding information about cases of cholera which have occurred in detention centers.
According to the newspaper Listin Diario, the office for the pastoral care in prisons believes that the NDP must act transparently and work to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Pastoral Commission says there are cases of cholera in prisons, and that the unsanitary conditions of the prisons make inmates more vulnerable to the disease. The DNP claims that disease in prisons is under control and that there are no outbreaks of cholera in any of the detention centers. According to data published by the local press, about 92 people have died of cholera epidemic in the Dominican Republic that originated in neighboring Haiti, which has already caused about 6000 deaths.
(CE) (Agenzia Fides 02/08/2011)