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China Delivers 25 Tons of Medical Aid to Haiti

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The government of the People 's Republic of China on Monday delivered 25 tons of medical aid to quake-stricken Haiti, which included multiple types of epidemic prevention medicine.

Wang Shuping, head of the China Trade Development Office in Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, formally delivered the aid to Haitian authorities, which thanked China for showing solidarity with the 1.1 million Haitian people left homeless by the January 12 earthquake. The magnitude-7.3 tremor has killed more than 200,000 people, according to Haitian government statistics.

Wang said that this was the third shipment of medical aid from China to Haiti, with the previous two arriving on January 17 and 26, respectively. To date the Chinese government has delivered aid worth a total of US$4.4 million.

Monday's shipment included medicine needed to fight infectious diseases, as well tablets, rehydration liquids, gauze and medical alcohol. The shipment consists of 1,790 boxes with a total volume of some 120 cubic meters.

The medicine was immediately sent to Haiti's Health Ministry, which will then distribute the supplies to health centers, the International Red Cross and other medical teams that offer aid to over 300 camps.

Also attending the delivery ceremony were representatives from China's peacekeeping force, as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

(Xinhua News Agency February 9, 2010)