Assam Rifles accused of entering Haiti without cholera vaccination

Assam Rifles accused of entering Haiti without cholera vaccination

India has been the largest troop contributor to United Nations missions since its inception. So far India has taken part in 43 Peacekeeping missions with a total contribution exceeding 180,000 troops and a significant number of police personnel having been deployed.

United Nations are hitting hard on Indian peacekeepers for arriving in the Caribbean country without mandatory cholera vaccination. More than 100 troopers of Assam Rifles India’s oldest paramilitary force, landed in Haiti last year in July-August after they were certified by the Home ministry as having taken the vaccine.

Haiti officially holds UN responsible for this introduction of the cholera strain which has caused over 10,000 deaths in the country in the past 6 years.

Last month in a rare gesture, Ban-ki-Moon then secretary general apologised for the outbreak to Haiti in an address to the general assembly.

While speaking to Times of India(TOI), an Assam Rifles spokesperson told that the troops were part of a UN UN Formed Police Unit which does guard duty in Haiti but did not respond to a query on why these soldiers falsely claimed that they had taken the vaccine as part of their pre departure formalities.

Source courtesy: www.indiatimes.com

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