CARTAGENA, Colombia—A Colombian lawmaker is calling for the removal of ceramic tiles from restaurants, hotels and public spaces in an effort to curb the spread of a parasitic disease that has infected more than 2,000 people across the country.
“I am calling on the government to take all possible measures to remove these dangerous ceramic tiles,” said Juan José Santos, a member of the ruling coalition of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition.
“Ceramic tiles are the foundation of many of our everyday life.
It is a social, cultural and economic barrier that contributes to the spread and the deaths of people in our country.”
According to a report released by the Colombian government in June, the prevalence of cholera in Colombia has increased to more than 70 percent, up from 17 percent in 2017.
The number of cases has tripled in the past five years.
“The number of infections in Colombia is now more than 3,000 per day,” said José José Barraza, a senior health official for the National Health Directorate.
“The cholestens infections have now reached levels that are considered as pandemic.
We are in the middle of a crisis, and the crisis is getting worse.”
President Juan Manuel Santos has made combating the disease a top priority since taking office in 2015.
He has signed more than 100 bills to improve access to healthcare and the quality of life in Colombia, as well as launched a massive health campaign, the “Chronico de la Serenza,” to reduce the countrys annual coronavirus outbreak.
The bill that Santos signed in June aims to boost the countryís ability to track and respond to the epidemic, improve surveillance and combat the spread.
The Colombian government says the Cholera control measures, which will be rolled out nationwide, will cost at least $10 million a month, but Santos has warned that it will not cover all the costs.
The health ministry estimates that about 2,600 cases of cholorosis have been confirmed in Colombia.
The country has also reported a record number of deaths.