Islands help each other

CNMI Governor Ralph Torres and CNMI Senator Angel Demapan were beamed into Majuro last week via a Zoom link for the presentation of CNMI’s donation of Covid-related supplies and equipment. Receiving the donation were, from left: Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs Junior Aini, Health Minister Joe Bejang, Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal, and Hospital Administrator Darlene Korok. Photo: Wilmer Joel.


The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) donated pallets of Covid-19 test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) last week to support neighboring islands.
“Community members throughout the Pacific really helped us during this time,” said Secretary of Health Jack Niedenthal.

Niedenthal also mentioned that the Marshall Islands is active, too, in helping its neighbors by sending 1,500 doses of PaxLovid to Chuuk last Tuesday. “Just like our neighbors helped us, we want to be helpful in this time of need,” he said.

“This is what we do, is help each other,” said CNMI’s Governor Ralph Torres. “Covid is going to be with us for a while and a little token of helping with those PPEs. I know it’s a long way but we’re just a phone call away. We are one family just separated by water.”
“We tried to be helpful as we can to our brothers and sisters in the blue continent,” said CNMI Senator Angel Demapan. “We are very glad to be a part of the process of facilitating the donation to the Marshall Islands.”

“Instead of being separated by water, I say otherwise — we’re connected by water,” said Minister Joe Bejang to Governor Torres. Minister Bejang thanked the CNMI government for its support declaring that the supplies will be used for the Covid relief efforts in the neighboring islands.

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