NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday October 7,
2019 – The top United
Nations health official has called for the world to rally around The Bahamas as
the country continues to emerge from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian
one month ago.
Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO),
made the appeal after visiting the country which was slammed by the Category 5 hurricane
my heart to see the devastation to communities and families who have lost
friends and loved ones as well as their homes, possessions and access to
crucial services,” he said.
Dorian is another urgent reminder that we must address the drivers of climate
change and invest more in resilient communities. The longer we wait, the more
people will suffer. We need to keep the world and people safe.”
Dorian struck on September 1, hitting the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Overall, some 75,000 people have been affected, with around 1,500 still living
people were killed in the storm and about 600 are still missing.
chief’s visit included stops in the two affected islands, where most households
and other infrastructure were completely destroyed.
hurricane dealt a substantial blow to the health sector, destroying five
clinics across both islands, and interrupting electrical and water supplies.
Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as WHO’s Regional Office
for the Americas, is the only UN agency with a physical presence in The
PAHO-WHO have deployed 20 staff there and have coordinated the mobilization of five International Emergency Medical Teams for the response.