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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.

W/S USNS Comfort, Santa Marta

W/S Tender docking

M/S Crew disembarking

W/S Helicopter landing

SOT, US officer (Spanish): "We are in Colombia offering medical and humanitarian aid for Colombians and also Venezuelans who have here in the country."

M/S Child and mother

SOT, US officer (Spanish): "Every day we have approximately 20 patients arriving on the vessel, we are doing about 20 daily surgeries, we can do many more, we have 12 operating rooms and in each operating room we can do one surgery at a time."

W/S Officer at work

SOT, US officer: "In advance of this mission, the United States reached out to all the countries in the region to ask if they would like to partner with us to help."

W/S Medical facilities

SOT, US officer (Spanish): "Many people in need but people willing to wait a little to be served by all our professionals."

W/S Medical facilities

SOT, patient (Spanish): "Excellent work, grateful to all the staff for their attention and for the help they provided to all patients

W/S Medical facilities

SOT, man (Spanish): "We are grateful as never before."

Woman (Spanish): "You will never forget it, it is a sale that we had never had."

Man: "I hope they come back."

Woman: "I wish they learned, they have to come more often to teach here in the clinics how to treat patients."

W/S Medical facilities

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