USNS Comfort ready to begin surgeries

With limited healthcare offered to Venezuelan migrants, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello says they too will benefit from the arrival of the United States Navy Ship (USNS) Comfort, which will begin its service to the country tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters at the opening ceremony of the Comfort’s five-day medical mission at the Brighton Port in La Brea yesterday, Modello said he was proud of locals for how accepting they have been of the aid.

The medical team aboard the ship will carry out 100 surgeries before they leave next Wednesday.

Together with the Ministry of Health, candidates for surgeries were screened yesterday and procedures will begin on Friday.

They will be done aboard the ship which is anchored in the Gulf of Paria.

“I’m very proud of my country as I am of the people of Trinidad & Tobago for accepting us the way they did; I mean working with us for the benefit of people. They are also obviously some Venezuelan individuals here who need help. They have no money and yet they have medical procedures that are needed and I think it’s a good thing to do, the right thing to do for the United States to come here and help these people. I’m very pleased, very happy to be a part of it,” Mondello said.

Citizens and migrants can access medical treatment at the four medical clinics hosted by the Comfort medical personnel at the Cedros Community Centre and the South-West Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Egypt Village, Point Fortin from 8 am to 4 pm. 

Local professionals and personnel from the Delaware National Guard will take on patients at the FunSplash Water Park in Debe and the National Energy Skills Centre in La Brea from 9 am to 3 pm.

- Kevon Felmine

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