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Prime Minister the Hon Bruce Golding, has said that a team of doctors and nurses will leave the island on Friday (January 15) to offer medical assistance to Haitians, who have been injured in the earthquake that shook the island on Tuesday, January 12.
“We have a team of 20 doctors and nurses that are leaving tomorrow. They’ll be there for two weeks and we are identifying other personnel so that the moment they come home after the two weeks, we can send another team up there and keep rotating them like that. So, we are doing everything we can because Haiti needs all the support they can get now,” Mr. Golding said.
The Prime Minister was speaking during an interview with JIS News today (Jan. 14) at the Norman Manley International Airport. Mr. Golding, accompanied by Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Daryl Vaz and Leader of the Opposition the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, and representatives of relief agencies, left the island today for Haiti to get a first hand view of what is happening in the country.
He also informed that Jamaica will be assisting with air traffic control as a number of air traffic controllers from Haiti have not been located.
“So, we are rounding up some air traffic controllers within the CARICOM region because if the airport is not functioning properly then the relief supplies won’t be able to get in,” Mr. Golding said.
In the meantime Mr. Vaz said that Jamaica has an important role to play in facilitating the recovery of Haiti.
“It is critical that we go at the highest level to meet and establish a communication line with the Government of Haiti so that we can inform other countries of how to proceed because as you would have realised, a lot of what is happening is chaotic based on the lack of communication,” Mr. Vaz said.
In her remarks, Leader of the Opposition, Mrs. Simpson Miller, stated that she was moved to see the Jamaican people giving assistance to the people of Haiti.
“There are people, who are (willingly donating) what they can to help their brothers and sisters in Haiti and it is really commendable. The fact is that despite our challenges and the problems, our people are responding positively to assist our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.
A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12. The quake, which struck about 15 kilometres south west of Port-au-Prince, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 5.5 in magnitude.