Dominican Republic will offer medical assistance to UN mission in Haiti

Vice President Raquel Peña and Defense Minister Lt. General Carlos Diaz Morfa revealed the extent to which the Dominican Republic will be supporting the United Nations security efforts in Haiti.

Vice President Raquel Peña noted that the Dominican Republic would provide the health care necessary for the members of the Kenyan police force on the ground in Haiti. However, the big caveat is that this service would only be provided on Dominican soil. She also noted that the Dominican Republic continues to provide maternal care in many of its hospitals, where in some cases 45% of all childbirths are to Haitian women. The Dominican Republic has practically picked up the health care tab for Haiti, with the medical system in Haiti’s capital city collapsed.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Diaz Morfa told reporters that his troops would support the UN efforts, but that no Dominican soldiers would be going into Haiti. He noted that all was in calm at the border as he toured the north-south boundary between the two nations accompanied by the head of the Specialized Corps of Frontier Security (Cesfront), Freddy Soto Thormann.

Lt. General Diaz Morfa noted that the newly acquired surveillance aircraft, together with naval patrols along the north and south coasts ensure national security. He also mentioned that his intelligence teams are very aware of the possibility of some of the Haitian gang members trying to cross the border, but he assured the reporters that there were measures in place to avoid this from happening.

Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez had announced when addressing the UN Security Council that the Dominican Republic would provide medical health care services for the Kenya troops as the country’s direct contribution to the peace-seeking mission in Haiti.

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8 July 2024