Jamaicans are to benefit from the visit of the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), which will be anchored in Kingston to offer free medical services between October 28 and November 1, 2019. It is anticipated that approximately 150 surgeries will be conducted onboard. Surgeries will fall under the categories of ophthalmology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, oral maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, wound care and urology.
Basic medical services will also be provided at walk-in sites at the Sabina Park and the Greater Portmore Health Centre. The walk-in sites will provide adult medical services, paediatric medical services, dental services, optometry, physical therapy and dermatology. The sites will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day on a first come, first serve basis.
The Ministry of Health & Wellness, along with other ministries, agencies and departments of Government will facilitate this visit and will be part of the public relations activation for the visit. This is the ship’s 3rd visit to the island.