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: Retired FDNY Firefighter Suffering From 9/11-Related Illness In Need Of Lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant
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: Harlem Man Arrested After Allegedly Punching Woman, Striking 5-Year-Old Child
The disease was brought to the island by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal.MORE NEWS: New York Judge Suspends Father's Visitation Rights With Daughter Unless He Gets COVID Vaccine Or Subjects To Weekly Testing
Ki-moon called on member nations to dedicate $400 million to the effort over the next two years.