The Navy hospital vessel USNS Comfort left Peru on Wednesday, its second halt in Central America helping refugees from Venezuela.
The ship completed its five-day “medical project,” the U.S. Southern Command stated in a statement on Wednesday, to “relieve stress on national medical programs distorted by a rise in Venezuelan migrants.”
In Peru, over 4,500 patients were taken care of, and more than 100 surgical procedures were performed aboard the ship.
Staffed with 320 medical professionals from the USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico Brazil, Peru and Costa Rica, the USNS Comfort’s current deployment contains stops in Costa Rica, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama,Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The boat is a non-combatant hospital vessel mostly staffed by officials of the Navy’s Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service, Nurse Corps and Chaplain Corps, and enlisted Hospital Corpsman help.
It is primarily visiting areas hosting Venezuelan refugees who have fled their nation’s economic and political disasters. Pence, in his announcement, mentioned that at least three million individuals have left Venezuela and the administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
The vessel most recently visited South America and the Caribbean area on an 11-week journey within the autumn of 2018. In assistance of the U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise drive, the ship and officer worked to relieve shortages of medical aid in Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, and Colombia.
In 2017, Comfort traveled to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico with medical and different supplies. It arrived when 97% of the island was without electrical energy, and about half the inhabitants were without clean drinking water.