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U.S. military medical team to aid tsunami victims in Jaffna

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 20051144541
Story by Combined Support Group Sri Lanka Public Affairs

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Jan. 14, 2005) -- A team of 25 U.S. Navy medical personnel will assist the hospital staff of the Point Pedro Teaching Hospital in Jaffna beginning Monday by providing medical care to patients at the hospital, as well as to those in the approximately 15 area camps where about 9,000 displaced tsunami victims currently live.

The doctors and their staff are part of the United States’ Combined Support Group-Sri Lanka, which has been coordinating with the government of Sri Lanka and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for about three weeks now, including clearing debris in southern Sri Lanka and using helicopters to deliver much needed supplies to locations like Ampara, Potuvil and Matara.

The U.S. medical personnel are scheduled to be in the Point Pedro area for seven to 10 days, and they will provide limited soft tissue surgeries, like cleaning and repairing wounds. They will also provide primary care, including treatment for diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and skin ailments. The team will also bring medicine and medical supplies for the hospital.

The U.S. military continues to coordinate its medical assistance closely with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health and the Jaffna Director of Provincial Health Services in order to provide the assistance that is most needed.

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