Hurricane Lili Situation Report No. 7

from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 24 Oct 1996
Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0436
1. After initial assessment in the health sector, the Ministry of Health of Cuba reports the following damage:

a) Infrastructure: damage caused to 21 hospitals, dozens of clinics, 6 geriatric facilities.8 pharmaceutical warehouses destroyed. Two hospitals totally evacuated and 25% of the beds in three main hospitals lost.

b) Water supply: throughout most of the country, the water supply has been contaminated, and there is a threat of the water-borne infections for 70,000 affected people in shelters.

2. National response planned:

a) Strengthening of the epidemiological surveillance system, especially regarding digestive infections, vector-transmitted diseases, and acute respiratory infections.
b) Replenishment of lost pharmaceuticals, provision of medicaments for control of communicable diseases.
c) Guarantee of the safe provision of water through chlorination.
d) Strengthened vector control through spraying.
e) Rehabilitation of hospitals and clinics, both from the structural and non-structural point of view.
f) Food for hospital patients.

3. First priority requirements:

World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization has prepared, on the basis of requirements assessed, a list of first priority needs

water purification 70,000
vector control:
- pesticides
- spraying equipment
hospital disinfection and cleaning 35,000
essential drugs (ORS, antibiotics, antiparasitics) 165,000 **
logistics - transport and supplies management 50,000
rehabilitation of priority hospitals 175,000
TOTAL 580,000
**the total cost including replacement of lost stocks is estimated at US$5,686,000 by the Ministry of Health.

Additional information and details can be requested from:

Pan American Health Organization, PAHO/WHO
525 23rd Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037, U.S.A.
Tel: (202) 974-3521/fax: (202) 775-4578
e-mail: INTERNET:

4. Contributions:

Spain relief flight: food, construction materials, medical supplies (25,000,000 pesetas, including transport) 195,300

5. DHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used during the immediate relief phase. Funds are spent in coordination with relevant organizations of the UN system, and DHA provides donor governments with written confirmation on utilization of funds contributed.

6. Funds should be transferred to DHA Account no. CO. 590.160.1 at Swiss Bank Corporation, case postale 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2 with reference: Cuba Hurricane, DHA Geneva.

7. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding value by item.

Telephone no: +41-22-917.12.34
In case of emergency only: +41-22-917.20.10

Desk officers:
Mr. E. Haegglund
direct tel: +41-22-917.32.99
Mr. C. Pereira
direct tel: +41-22-917.13.83

Press to contact:
Ms. M. Moulin-acevedo
direct tel: +41-22-917.28.56
Tele: 414242 DHA CH
Fax: +41-22-917.00.23
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