Response to Disease Called Lacking

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) — The international response to Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic is “inadequate” and woefully short of funding, aid groups, including the humanitarian agency of the United Nations, which is leading the response, said on Friday.

“There is no time left for meetings and debate — the time for action is now,” said Stefano Zannini, the head of mission in Haiti for Doctors Without Borders.

He called on all groups and agencies to urgently ramp up their activities to fight the cholera outbreak, which has killed more than 1,180 people and is killing dozens more each day.

The government, meanwhile, is preparing to hold national elections for a new president, deputies and senators on Nov. 28 in an atmosphere of turmoil, including anti-United Nations riots and protests this week.