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The US Navy’s hospital ship Usns Comfort, the sixth largest in the world, began operations on Tuesday in Santa Marta, Colombia, where it plans to serve more than 1,000 Venezuelan migrants affected by the country’s crisis.
Caraota Digital accompanies the humanitarian mission called Lasting Promise and will last until Sunday, August 25.
# 21Aug | In #CaraotaDigital we move from the port of Santa Marta, #Colombia, to the hospital ship #USNSComfort, which will help Venezuelan migrants in this country | Reported @LuisOlavarrieta
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The ship arrived from Panama and arrived in Colombia on August 18 to provide medical assistance for a week, during which time they plan to perform 12 daily surgeries on board the ship.
Among the services that will be provided by the nearly 950 people that make up the medical staff are general and ophthalmologic outpatient surgeries, as well as care in dermatology, preventive medicine, optometry, pediatrics, women’s health and public health.
The hospital ship has a team of civil service sailors who will supervise the operation and navigation, onboard helicopters that will transport patients between the land and the ship, and attention at points installed on the ground.
They also have a blood bank with 500 units, dental treatments, physical therapy area, oxygen producing plants and X-ray machines.
The current mission of the ship also has stops in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.