Philippines to send 21-man medical team to Haiti

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A 21-man Philippine medical team will leave for Haiti to join the international humanitarian efforts there after the Caribbean nation was devastated by a 7.0- magnitude earthquake earlier this month, the government said Sunday.

The team, including general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, an internal medicine specialist, a pediatrician, a psychologist, will depart from Manila on Monday and is expected to arrive in Santo Domingo of Dominican Republic Tuesday before reaching Haiti on land, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Manila previously donated 50,000 U.S. dollars to the Haiti quake relief.

Three Filipino peacekeepers and a Filipino United Nations civilian staff were among the 200,000 killed when the killer quake struck Haiti on Jan. 17.

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