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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Hospital Ship USNS Mercy visit Samar Philippines
The USNS Hospital Ship Mercy
CITY -- The San Diego-based Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is now in Samar Philippines
as part of their four-month humanitarian mission to four Asian nations.
the vessel would complete to visit Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and
Vietnam in the seventh year of a program called Pacific Partnership, according
to the Navy.
while parked at Calbayog City territorial sea, several surgical operations on
board and medical and dental visitation to Samar municipalities, particularly
in this city, have been scheduled. The
MEDCAP includes services on medical, dental, optometry, women’s health, and
general out-patient consultation.
On June 15, the
medical team of the USNS Mercy will hold its “press briefing” at Ciriaco Hotel
in Calbayog to members of the tri-media based in Eastern Visayas.
18-24, the enlistment of possible patients
will take place as Surgical Civic Action Programs (SURGCAP) will only be held in
Calbayog City. Actual surgeries will be performed on-board the USNS Mercy ship
after the enlistment.
this city, Health authorities’ city said medical consultations and free check-ups
will be held on June 25 to 30 this year. With the assistance of the City Health
Office, the MEDCAP in this city will be at
the Silanga Elementary School, Barangay Silanga, among other locations in Catbalogan
City Health Officer Dr. Amalia
Tirazona said the MEDCAP is set to cater at most 400 patients per day and will
further be assisted by Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local
Service (RN HEALS) nurses stationed at the City Health Office.
Catbalogan Councilor Stephany Tan
also revealed there were also a series of sub-activities relative to the
Pacific Partnership 2012 scheduled in this city in the coming days.
the goal of the program is to build relationships that will help in the event
of a natural disaster.
lot of planning and coordination among host and partner nation governments and
military, civilian organizations and agencies have gone into getting us to this
point," said Capt. James Morgan, the mission commander.
was guided with the theme: ‘Preparing in calm to respond in crisis.'
from an oil tanker in the mid 1980s, the Mercy first saw duty in the Persian
Gulf War. Following that deployment, it left its berth at Naval Base San Diego.
the 2004 tsunami that struck Indonesia prompted the hospital ship to return to
the area every year since.
Mercy carries about 400 Naval medical personnel, along with civilian crew
members with the Maritime Sealift Command. Crew members on the Mercy will
provide medical, dental and veterinary care in the host nations and help with
civil engineering projects.
Partnership also includes personnel from the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps;
U.S. State and Justice Departments, Agency for International Development and
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
will contribute a landing ship, helicopters, a medical team and representatives
from the country's volunteer organizations.
Canada, Chile, France, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the
Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will also deploy personnel in support of
organizations scheduled to take part include the UC San Diego Pre-Dental
Society, a student-run free dental clinic; Project Hope, which launched the
first civilian hospital ship, LDS Charities; and the University of Hawaii.