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Comfort Arrives in Suriname, Last Stop on Mission

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071001-10
Release Date: 10/1/2007 5:09:00 PM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Shelander, USNS Comfort Public Affairs

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (NNS) -- After seeing and treating patients in 11 countries, the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in the port of Paramaribo, Oct. 1, for the last stop on its four-month humanitarian assistance deployment.

While in Suriname, U.S. Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army, United States Public Health Service, Canadian Forces and the non-governmental organization Project Hope will continue to provide the people of Latin America and the Caribbean with health care services, including adult and pediatric cooperative care, dental care and other services.

In addition to the medical services the Comfort team will offer, the embarked Naval Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202’s Seabees will construct playgrounds at the Onverwacht and the Zanderij clinics.

Comfort will remain in Suriname for nearly a week offering medical services at various locations in and around Paramaribo including the Academic Hospital, the Foundation for Dental Care, the Nursing School, the Zanderij Clinic, Onverwacht Clinic and the Regional Health Service Clinic at Flustratt.

Project Handclasp, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the U.S. Navy, will donate hospital beds, medical supplies, handmade quilts, hospital furniture, teddy bears, and children’s and infant clothing at the Onverwacht Clinic.

“Although this is our last stop, we are focused on performing our mission to provide the best possible care for the people of Suriname in partnership with our Paramaribo hosts,” said Capt. Bob Kapcio, Comfort’s mission commander. “We look forward to the collaboration, which gives us another opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the Americas.”

Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical assistance to patients in a dozen countries. The deployment is in support of the U.S. Southern Command’s Partnership for the Americas initiative, strengthening the ties between the United States and partner nations.

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