Half of health helpers were from two DHBs

4:44 pm on 8 October 2010

Two district health boards provided half of the 52 health personnel who went to help in Canterbury after the earthquake.

Between them, Capital and Coast DHB and Nelson-Marlborough DHB sent 27 nurses and others.

Capital and Coast DHB sent 11 nurses and three or four neo-natal intensive care staff shortly after the quake on 4 September.

The DHB says it has always had a very strong tradition of helping other areas.

Nelson-Marlborough DHB also sent 11 people including nurses, health care assistants, health protection workers and a senior medical officer.