Medical personnel of the USNS Comfort hospital ship, from the United States Navy, will provide free medical attention in Esmeraldas, between October 22 and 26, the Ministry of Defense reported.
In a statement, published on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, he recalled that between October and December of this year, the Comfort will provide medical services to Central and South American countries within the Lasting Promise Program of the Southern Command of the United States.
The vessel sails on Wednesday in a medical mission that, in addition to Ecuador, includes Peru, Colombia and Honduras.
For the attention that will be offered jointly with the Government of Ecuador, two posts will be installed to receive the public at the facilities of the Port Authority, and at the Luis Vargas Torres Technical University, the Ministry said in a statement.
Each position is expected to serve between 500 and 750 people, daily, in preventive medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy and dermatology. To receive care, patients must go to the established positions with their identity document and, if they have medical history or exams.
These are ambulatory services, so patients with trauma or emergencies, should go to hospitals in the province of Esmeraldas, located in northwest Ecuador, bordering Colombia.
Additionally, during the five days, the Comfort’s medical team will perform one hundred surgical operations on the vessel, exclusively programmed previously with the support of the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador, which will provide the list of patients, the official note adds.
“The arrival of the vessel is part of the strengthening of defense cooperation between the Governments of Ecuador and the United States,” said the official note.
The arrival of the hospital ship has been coordinated between the Embassy of the United States, and the Ecuadorian ministries of National Defense, Foreign Affairs, Health and the Interior. (I)