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New York Gov. Cuomo Partners With UNICEF to Send Aid to Puerto Rico

New York State is sending additional aid to Puerto Ricans desperate for basic care and necessities after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island’s infrastructure, Gov. Cuomo announced on Tuesday.

“There are about 67 hospitals on the island. About 50 of those hospitals are actually operating on generator. Many of them are running short of supplies because when you couldn’t get the goods in and you couldn’t distribute the goods, that also involved medical goods and medical equipment,” Cuomo said.

The state and UPS are delivering 60,000 UNICEF emergency supply kits and the state is preparing to send more than 100 medical professionals to the island. The kits will contain water purification tablets, water buckets, soap, toothpaste, detergent and sanitary pads, among other items.

Medical supplies, including tetanus vaccines, antibiotics, first aid products and surgical gear, are on the way to hospitals and community health organizations.

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