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Ambassador Glazer and Salvadoran President visit USNS Comfort (July 28, 2007)

2007 Press Releases

Ambassador Glazer and Salvadoran President visit USNS Comfort

Press Release
July 20, 2007

The U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Charles L. Glazer; the President of El Salvador, Antonio Saca; and the Salvadoran Minister of Defense, General Otto Romero visited the medical mission on board the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort and the health unit of Acajutla, where doctors of the humanitarian mission are treating Salvadoran patients.

Ambassador Glazer and President Saca were pleased to verify the excellent conditions of the ship’s medical facilities, during a short visit to the patients’ reception hall, the pre and post surgery rooms and the heliport. The Salvadoran head of State emphasized the gratitude of his fellow citizens and the importance of the U.S. humanitarian aid in strengthening the ties between both countries.

The distinguished visitors also observed the services that the Comfort medical staff are providing to hundreds of people at the Health Unit of Acajutla, which is one of the three sites in the region receiving patients. Ambassador Glazer and President Saca greeted and thanked the members of the humanitarian mission for their efforts while visiting the optometry, dentistry and pediatric rooms.

The VIPs also confirmed the massive response of Salvadorans to the mission in just its second day in El Salvador. At 8:00 a.m., a line of people 150 meters long were waiting to receive medical assistance. People began waiting for assistance at 5:00 a.m. The Comfort will remain in El Salvador for seven days and treat patients at the health Unit of Acajutla, Caserío Costa Brava School, and Delfina Rivas School.

The crew started work the morning of July 26th. The U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort arrived in El Salvador to continue its four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean after caring for patients in Belize, Guatemala, Panama and Nicaragua. After completing their mission in El Salvador, the Hospital Ship will set sail to Peru.
Between June 15th and July 23rd, the Comfort had more than 83,000 patient encounters, 2,800 veterinary service encounters, and 280 surgeries since June 15.

Canadian forces and NGOs working for Salvadorans
The U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Public Health Service, along with Canadian forces and non-government organizations like Project Hope, will work from various sites in El Salvador to provide citizens with medical care to include adult medicine, surgeries, dental, pediatric, optometric and veterinary care.

Service members from Comfort are also repairing medical equipment at Hospital Sonsonate. Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 will renovate several of the work sites in El Salvador by repairing water systems, roofing, and re-building certain structures. Project Hope will be providing assistance at Casa Comunal in Acajutla, Sonsonate in El Salvador.