NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With one month left in his term, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took the opportunity Thursday to apologize to Haiti for the cholera outbreak that affected over 800,000 people and took the lives of more than 9,300.
“The United Nations deeply regrets the loss of life and suffering caused by the cholera outbreak in Haiti,” he said. “We are profoundly sorry for our role.”READ MORE: Delta Variant Intensifies Urgency To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Health Experts Say
Ki-moon said the U.N. bears a moral responsibility to renew its efforts to address the epidemic, which was on the decline until Hurricane Matthew hit the island, 1010 WINS’ Steve Kastenbaum reported.READ MORE: Long Island High School Custodian Saves Choking Student With Heimlich Maneuver; 'I Literally Turned Purple'
The disease was brought to the island by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal.MORE NEWS: Lodge Constructed In Honor Of Boy Scout Andrew McMorris, Killed In 2018 By Drunk Driver, Opens On Long Island
Ki-moon called on member nations to dedicate $400 million to the effort over the next two years.