India will assume costs of vaccinating its troops in Haiti against cholera

Posted by on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Under: Health
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Peacekeeping personnel from India sent to Haiti without cholera vaccinations, a serious lapse on India as well as the United Nations, will soon receive this essential medication that they were required to take prior their deployment to the Caribbean nation. 

New Delhi would foot the bill, as they were required to vaccine all peacekeepers sent to Haiti.

"The peacekeeping personnel who had not received vaccination prior to deployment would be vaccinated and the costs of inoculating them in the field would be deducted from the reimbursements to the countries sending them," Stephane Dujrraic, the spokesperson for UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told reporters yesterday.

Dujarric's comments came in response to reports that an Indian contingent sent to work as police in peacekeeping operations in Haiti had not been vaccinated against cholera, which had killed 10,000 Haitians and sickened 800.000 in an epidemic that started in 2010 due to United Nations negligence in screening its personnel before being sent to Haiti.

Following damning reports condemning the organisation for the role it had in the deadly epidemic, it implemented a mandatory cholera vaccination.

"Cholera vaccination is mandatory for all peacekeepers deployed in peacekeeping operations," the Secretary General's spokesman said. "It is the responsibility of member states to ensure that their personnel receive all mandatory vaccination prior to deployment."

The UN said there were 440 Indians serving as police in its Haiti peacekeeping operations as of August.

UN peacekeeping troops arriving n Haiti, is a serious matter in view of the magnitude of the toll from the epidemic that was linked to peacekeepers from Nepal and blamed on improper disposal of waste that contaminated local water supplies.

Over 100 personnel of the Assam Rifles, India's oldest paramilitary force, landed in Haiti last year in July-August after being certified by the home ministry as having taken the vaccine.

The UN is now seeking a clarification from the Indian government as to why it confirmed that the troops had been vaccinated.

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