Today, United States Ambassador Donald R. Tapia shared in a tour of the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship. The ship is currently visiting the island for a medical mission between October 28 to November 1. The Ambassador was joined by a delegation including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, The Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith, USAID/Washington Assistant Administrator for the Latin America & the Caribbean Bureau, John Barsa, Canadian High Commissioner, Laurie Peters, Argentine Ambassador, Luis Del Solar and other members of the Diplomatic Corps. The delegation viewed the diverse state-of-the-art facilities housed by the medical ship and engaged with crew members, including personnel from Jamaica, Canada and Argentina, at a reception on-board the vessel.
The visit of the USNS Comfort is part of the ship’s five-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean on a medical assistance mission and is its third visit to Jamaica. The USNS Comfort operation is part of the deepening of U.S. engagement in the region under the health pillar of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Strategy. This marks the seventh hospital ship deployment to the region since 2007. Personnel involved in USNS Comfort Missions have treated more than 488,000 patients, performed 5,500 surgeries, completed over 100 engineering projects, and conducted countless other assistance activities. USNS Comfort medical teams have provided care and support in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis during this deployment.
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