U.S. team from Honduras treats 704 on Pacific coast

Members of U.S. military services said they treated 704 patients during a two-day visit to the central Pacific coast.

In all, 38 persons from Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras traveled to San Juan and Damitas, both in Puntarenas province. The visit was coordinated with the Ministerio de Salud and the Caja Costarricense de Saguro Social, said the U.S. southern Command.

Patients received preventative medicine briefings, health screenings, dental care, and prescription medicine, the military said.

The effort was a medical readiness training exercise, said the Southern Command. There are several mission objectives to these exercises, to include providing U.S. military personnel training in delivering medical care in austere conditions, promoting diplomatic relations between the U.S. and host nations in Central America, and providing humanitarian and civic assistance via a long-term proactive program, said 1st Lt. Christopher Diazo, who wrote about the exercise.

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