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Thousands get free medical treatment on US ‘Comfort’ ship

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Close to 10,000 Jamaicans benefitted from free medical treatment during the week-long visit to the island by the United States Naval Ship ‘Comfort’.

The Ministry of Health says medical personnel performed close to 100 surgeries onboard the ship, which was docked in the Kingston Harbour.

In thanking the United States Government and the crew of the USNS Comfort, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said the initiative had touched the lives of many Jamaicans in a remarkable way.

Simpson Miller says is also lends critical support to ongoing initiatives by her government to improve access to quality health care for all Jamaicans.

Jamaica is one of 11 stops the USNS Comfort will make throughout the Caribbean as part of a six-month humanitarian mission called ‘Continuing Promise 2015’.