Friendship, Partnership, Solidarity USNS Comfort to provide Medical Services to Jamaicans

Jamaicans can expect to benefit from the visit of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), which will be anchored along the shores of Kingston to offer free medical services between October 27 to November 1, 2019. This is the ship’s third visit to the island and over ten thousand persons received medical care in the previous missions.

For this mission, approximately 150 surgeries will be conducted onboard the USNS Comfort Ship.  Basic medical services will be provided at the walk-in sites at the Sabina Park Sports Complex, Kingston and the Greater Portmore Health Centre, St. Catherine.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness, Jamaica will select surgery candidates and conduct pre-screening before making recommendations to the Comfort medical team for surgeries. Surgery candidates will be drawn primarily from existing waiting lists within the public health system. Candidates with the optimal clinical background and those who have been on the waiting list for the longest timeframe will be prioritized. Onboard, surgeries will fall under the categories of Ophthalmology, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Wound Care and Urology.

The categories of services offered at the medical walk-in sites are Adult Medical Services, Pediatric Medical Services, Dental Services, Optometry, Physical Therapy and Dermatology. The walk-in sites in Kingston and St. Catherine will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day on a first come, first serve basis.  In order to see as many patients as possible, each person will be seen by only one provider, unless that provider deems additional services are needed for the identified condition and are available at the site.

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. 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. USNS Comfort medical teams have provided care in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, St.  Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis during this deployment.

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