TRUJILLO, Honduras (NNS) -- The Continuing Promise (CP-15) team embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) completed the tenth mission stop in support of CP-15 on Sept. 6.
This mission stop will have a lasting impact in the expansion of partnerships within the region and will continue building partnership capacity through the joint efforts of CP-15 medical, veterinarian, surgical, dental, engineering and public health professionals alongside their Honduran counterparts.
CP-15 team members fostered partnerships in the communities of Trujillo, Corocito and Puerto Castilla during the stop. They worked alongside medical professionals with the Honduran Ministry of Health, Honduran military, government officials, and community leaders to care for more than 14,000 patients between two medical sites established at the Centro de Educacion Basica Dr. Jesus Aguilar Paz in Corocito and the Escuela Guia Tecnica N. 16 Naciones Unidas in Trujillo.
This collaboration contributed to the CP-15 team reaching a milestone of more than 107,000 patients treated during the mission and more than 1,130 surgeries performed aboard Comfort.
"The collaboration with the Honduran Ministry of Health here has been fantastic," said Cmdr. Brian King, a native of Richmond, Virginia, and officer-in-charge of medical site one. "We have been preparing for this mission for more than a year, and to see the positive reaction of the host country, as well as the local citizens, has been very rewarding."
Additional collaborations that took place during the mission stop included the surgical team aboard Comfort hosting Honduran general surgeons, gynecologists and anesthesiologists, inviting them to observe surgical procedures in the operating rooms and the clinical preoperative areas aboard Comfort. In addition, the nursing directorate and the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) nursing staff provided family-centered acute care, patient education and administrative services to each surgical patient that stayed aboard Comfort.
The environmental health team, medical teams and public health teams worked in conjunction with local hospitals, to include medical providers, nurses, bio-medical technicians and preventive medicine technicians, participating in dozens of subject matter expert exchanges.
More than 100 topics were covered to include basic life support and advanced cardiac life support and collaborations on radiology and mental health. Multiple seminars were conducted to include focused presentations on infection control, community health, dentistry, women's health and disaster preparedness.
Members from Comfort's nursing directorate collaborated with the Matron and Associate Matron of the Honduras hospital, Dr. Salvador Paredes, where the CP-15 nurses were led through the capabilities of the facility and the interdisciplinary practices utilized within the establishment.
The engineering teams comprised of Navy Seabees assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida, completed projects at Centro Basico 14 de Agosto Lugar Puerto Castilla School and the Jardin de Ninos Nuevo Amanecer Kindergarten in Trujillo.
In Puerto Castilla, the Seabees completed a project that included the construction of a 700-foot-long elevated walkway, creating an improved transit for teachers and students during times of heavy rain and flooding. In addition, a restroom entryway was replaced and multiple hand washing stations were installed.
In Trujillo, the Seabees replaced two entryways and window screens, repaired plumbing and installed hand washing stations for students and faculty. These additions and completed projects will create a lasting impact on the local communities, building the partnerships and friendships that are the foundation to the CP-15 mission.
"The CP-15 mission and the projects we do at each stop make a difference for the citizens, and Honduras is no exception," said Builder Constructionman Chelsea Turner, a native of Jacksonville. "We are not only contributing to their communities in a positive way, but we are often working alongside host nation engineers as well, making these projects a team effort and ultimately very rewarding for us as Seabees."
The CP-15 U.S. Army veterinarians and veterinary technicians worked with volunteers from the NGO World Vets, to conduct veterinary civil affairs programs in several communities, providing services to more than 800 animals, including vitamin treatments, rabies vaccinations and spay and neuter surgeries.
"Honduras has been a fantastic stop for our veterinarian team. We performed a variety of services alongside local veterinarians in order to care for the pets and animals in this region," said Army Capt. Emily Corbin, a native of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, and veterinarian assigned to Comfort. "Through information exchange and caring for animals alongside each other, we've built relationships and partnerships that will bring us together on future missions."
During the mission stop, more than 100 volunteers from the CP-15 team took part in multiple community relations (COMREL) events in Honduras, enhancing goodwill and demonstrating the CP-15 commitment to the local communities. Donations were provided to the Honduras hospital, Dr. Salvador Paredes, along with multiple local schools and the Finca del Niño Orphanage. The CP-15 volunteers led health and hygiene presentations at each COMREL, completed craft activities, read books and played soccer games with the children.
CP-15 will continue to the eleventh and final mission stop of the deployment in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Since deploying in April, the ship has completed mission stops in Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic and Honduras.
Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show the United States' continued support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.
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