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Colombia: US hospital ship docks in Santa Marta for fifth medical mission

Colombia, Santa Marta
August 23, 2019 at 19:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

The hospital ship USNS Comfort hosted several Venezuelans and Colombians as part of its medical mission to Latin America, as shown in footage filmed in Santa Marta on Friday.

It is the ship's fifth medical mission and its aim is to relieve the pressure put on local services by the rapid influx of Venezuelan migrants.

"Every day we have approximately 20 patients arriving on the vessel, we are doing about 20 daily surgeries, we can do many more," said one US officer.

The mission "reflects the United States’ ongoing commitment to friendship, partnership, and solidarity with partner nations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America," according to the US Southern Command.

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The hospital ship USNS Comfort hosted several Venezuelans and Colombians as part of its medical mission to Latin America, as shown in footage filmed in Santa Marta on Friday.

It is the ship's fifth medical mission and its aim is to relieve the pressure put on local services by the rapid influx of Venezuelan migrants.

"Every day we have approximately 20 patients arriving on the vessel, we are doing about 20 daily surgeries, we can do many more," said one US officer.

The mission "reflects the United States’ ongoing commitment to friendship, partnership, and solidarity with partner nations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America," according to the US Southern Command.

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