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First Taiwanese relief supplies reach Haiti

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA , PORT-AU-PRINCE

Taiwanese, Haitians and Dominicans involved with earthquake relief operations pose with a Republic of China flag in Port-au-Prince yesterday after a consignment of medical supplies from Taiwan was delivered to WHO officials stationed in the Haitian capital.

PHOTO: CNA

The first shipment of Taiwanese medical supplies to Haiti arrived in Port-au-Prince from the Dominican Republic on Monday.

Henriette Chamouillet, the WHO’s representative in Haiti, received the donation on behalf of the Geneva-based world body.

Chamouillet expressed gratitude for Taiwan’s extending a helping hand to Haiti.

She said a Taiwanese doctor visited the WHO’s operation center in Haiti two days ago to get first-hand information on which drugs and medical supplies Haiti needs most right now, referring to Ho Ping-sheng (何秉聖), a physician from the Centers for Disease Control.

“We are grateful for his visit at this difficult time,” she said.

After receiving the Taiwanese donation, Chamouillet posed for a picture with Chang Tai-fu (張台輔), charge d’affaires at the Republic of China embassy in Haiti and Navy Captain Hsiao Cheng-teh (蕭承德), who once served at the embassy in the Dominican Republic.

The shipment of 6 tonnes of medical supplies, including pain relief agents, hemostats, flu medicine, bandages and one-touch medical devices, was transported by a military C-130H plane to Santo Domingo on Sunday for delivery to Haiti.

The plane took off for a home after a six-hour stop at San Isidro Airport in the Dominican capital.

A military source said on Monday that the C-130H made refueling stops at five US air bases en route to the Dominican Republic. The source would not give the names of the bases, saying the military would make a detailed report after the plane returns home.

A volunteer medical group organized by Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is still in Haiti, while a medical team from World Vision Taiwan was expected to arrive soon.

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