In response to the new coronavirus outbreak in China, Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search (ARROWS), comprised of A-PAD Japan and partner organizations, transported 1 ton of medical supplies to China today.
An ARROWS staff member transported the supplies from Saga, Japan to Shanghai, China on Spring Airlines, and will deliver them to the Public Health Clinical Center in Shanghai tomorrow.
The medical supplies are divided into 124 boxes and include protective suits, medical masks, long boots, gloves, and bandages which will be used to prevent infections. The supplies also include blood collection kits, cottons, and sterile pipettes that are used to examine patients and test blood samples. They are also useful tools for medical professionals in China who are working to develop vaccines.
The items were part of a stockpile procured with funds from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stored at Saga Airport by A-PAD to take measures against infectious diseases. Town Tara Hospital of Saga also donated 580 medical relief kits (protective suits, masks, eye masks, gloves, and foot covers).
The Public Health Clinical Center in Shanghai developed vaccines against the avian flu which spread in China before. To fight the new coronavirus, the Center is currently selecting drugs such as HIV medications that may be effective on the new virus.
Transportation of the supplies was sponsored by Spring Airlines and the overweight fee was waived. Thanks to the International Health Welfare Institute (IHWI), a Japanese organization in Shanghai, transportation was carried out smoothly. They assisted ARROWS with customs checks at the airports in Saga and Shanghai.
A-PAD Japan's activities are supported through Furusato Nozei ("Hometown Tax").
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