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Field hospital for Carriacou

The arrival of supplies from U.S-based Samaritan’s Purse

A field hospital will be set up today (Friday) on the hurricane-ravaged island of Carriacou.

The facility to assist the distressed residents who were battered by the killer hurricane is the work of the U.S-based Samaritan’s Purse, a faith based organisation that often moves to help countries during disaster.

A government official told THE NEW TODAY that Grenada’s Washington-based Ambassador Tarlie Francis played a key role in getting the outfit to travel to Grenada to offer medical assistance.

He said the initiative was also co-ordinated through “the hard work of the Dickon Mitchell led Government” as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Economic Development.

The plane carrying the field hospital touched down at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) Thursday morning and was greeted by Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs Terrance Forrester.

On board were over 40 doctors including technical persons who travelled with the field hospital to have it delivered to Carriacou tomorrow.

According to Ambassador Forrester, the doctors and technical persons will journey to Carriacou to set up the field hospital Friday and begin the process of providing medical services to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Also at the airport to greet the doctors and technical persons were the Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shawn Charles and Medical Director at the General Hospital, Dr. Tyhiesia Donald.

Former opposition Senator Devon Rachae who is linked to the New National Party (NNP) was also spotted at the airport to welcome the crew and doctors.

However, a source close to the medical outfit denied claims being made in some quarters that Rachae is the one who invited Samaritan’s Purse to the island for the assignment in Carriacou.

He said that the opposition figure who is a religious leader often works with the U.S-based organisation and is considered “a friend” of the group but it was Ambassador Francis who made the request on behalf of the Grenada government to get them into the island.

“We had a meeting the night before (Tuesday) and (Ambassador) Tarlie mentioned that he had invited Samaritan to Grenada and we can expect them to go in shortly,” he added.

Ambassador Francis is also said to be engaged in discussions with Caura Washington, Director of Faith Based Initiatives for the State of New York on possible relief assistance for the hurricane-hit small islands of Carriacou & Petite Martinique.

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