The mission of Slovak paramedics and doctors in earthquake-stricken Haiti has been fully accomplished, said Ján Culka, leader of the Gabčíkovo Central Emergency Service, to the TASR newswire shortly after its 18 members returned home on Sunday from that country. According to Culka, Slovakia - though a small country - provided a bigger assistance team to Haiti than some other larger countries which sent aid to the Caribbean island.
Culka noted that the Slovak team, among other things, brought to Haiti the logistical support needed to build field hospitals. “We also assisted in the search and rescue operations to see if there was anyone alive under ruins,” he said. Regarding the security situation in Haiti, Culka said he personally ignores such things as politics and security when on a mission.
“It was our 15th mission, and I've learned not to engage in political and security matters in the country we've come to. We came to give assistance and not to care about skin colour, nationality or religion,” he said. The Slovak team flew to Haiti on January 22, but a few Slovak doctors had arrived even earlier. The massive 7-magnitude earthquake hit the country on January 12, killing at least 150,000 people. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Feb 2010 at 14:00