US Navy hospital ship to visit Capiz

January 22, 2015 12:49 am 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 21 — Many residents in Capiz as well as other provinces in Western Visayas would benefit from the expected visit of a hospital ship of the United States Navy sometime in July this year.

Through the Pacific Partnership 2015, the USNS Mercy, a hospital ship of the US Navy, will be conducting a two-week humanitarian mission in Capiz.

According to Captain Captain John Carlson, head of the US Navy’s civil military operations, part of services to be made available are medical mission including on disaster risk reduction, community outreach and engineering.

Reports said to be offered in the medical mission are free operations to patients.

According to Dr. Kevin Cassey, the mission will conduct several surgical operations to be performed by a specialist doctor right on board the USNS Mercy which is equipped with and modern facilities.

Aside from community outreach, the visiting US Navy ship will also help train personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to further strengthen its capability on disaster risk reduction and engineering. (PNA)

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