Guam Naval Hospital Helps Remote Islands Residents


Story Number: NNS020330-02Release Date: 3/30/2002 9:34:00 PM
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By Susan M. Koerner, Naval Forces Marianas Public Affairs

GUAM (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Hospital Guam lent a helping hand to residents of the remote Pacific islands of Yap and Palau recently by providing medical teams and donations in the wake of a devastating typhoon.

Although Typhoon Mitag missed U.S. Navy facilities on Guam, Yap and Palau were hit hard by the storm. Many were left homeless and in need of basic necessities, including clothing and health care. With help from the 1st Marine Air Wing, medical professionals and donations were delivered to the islands.

Lt. Greg Norris, Medical Corps (MC); Lt. Cmdr. Sean Sullivan, MC; Lt. Cmdr. Marjorie Canby, MC; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (HM1) Tony Middleton and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Mikel Coats were just some of the hospital medical staff who provided health care and consultations at the main Yap hospital.

"It was a rewarding experience, and certainly adds insight into the medical care issues that small islands face," said Norris.

Along with medical supplies, the team brought donated towels, blankets, cooking supplies and other domestic goods to assist islanders who lost their homes in the storm.

A second team traveled to Palau to provide dental care and basic medical education. HM1 Michael Haggerty of the Civic Action Team 133-23 coordinated the visit.

For more information on Naval Forces Marianas, go to http://www.guam.navy.mil.

 
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