U.S. hospital ship to visit in humanitarian mission

The U.S. Embassy said that the hospital ship Comfort would visit Puntarenas from Aug. 1 to Aug. 12. The ship is involved with Continuing Promise 2011, humanitarian visits to a number of Latin nations. The ship left Guatemala last week.

The visit is being coordinated with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the Cruz Roja and the national emergency commission, the embassy said. The goal of the visit here is to train Costa Ricans in disaster response, to impart techniques for handling medical emergencies and to provide information on sharing information during catastrophes, said the embassy.

The medical staff on board also will be involved in free medical, dental and veterinarian work during the 12 days that the ship is here. The crew also is planning to donate some $200,000 in medical supplies and personal hygiene products.

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