Peru: US hospital ship provides aid to Venezuelan refugees

Local Peruvians and Venezuelan refugees received medical care from the US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort in the seaside city of Callao on Friday, as part of a mission to provide medical care in the region, which has been hit by the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis. Military medical personnel provided a range of health care services, including optometry, dentistry and general health check-ups in... Еще their medical centre sites, as well as surgery on board the ship itself. Staff expect to perform up to 20 surgeries a day. US Navy commander Corey Gustafson explained a lot of the work was focused on alleviating the strain on Peru's health system, which has come under pressure after an influx of refugees from Venezuela. The UN estimates' over 4 million Venezuelans have fled their homeland since in the last four years, with 768,000 of those arriving in Peru. «I think, maybe, the best thing we can do is [that] we're helping the medical systems of these countries. So trying to alleviate some of the pressure that's on those countries so that's been very satisfying,» he said. During its five-month deployment, the ship will also service Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia.

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