Hospital ship USNS Comfort leaves Peru after treating 4,500 Venezuelan refugees

In Peru, over 4,500 patients were treated and over 100 surgeries were performed aboard the ship. “This morning the mission ended with expected success, having seen a great number of patients and provided medical services to the community in general,” said Vice Adm. Manuel Váscones, chief of staff of the Peruvian Navy on Sunday, at a ceremony to end the visit. “The commitment of cooperation that the governments of the United States and Peru have undertaken only reaffirms the solid bilateral relations that allow the execution of humanitarian efforts like this mission.”

The ship is a non-combatant hospital vessel typically staffed by officers of the Navy’s Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps, Nurse Corps and Chaplain Corps, and enlisted Hospital Corpsman personnel.

Source: Hospital ship USNS Comfort leaves Peru after treating 4,500 Venezuelan refugees

A Peruvian Army helicopter follows the U.S. Navy hospital ship USS Comfort, which left Callao, Peru, on Wednesday after a five-day humanitarian mission. Photo by MCS2 Morgan K. Nall/U.S. Southern Command/UPI