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USNS Mercy Ship Arrives On Friday

The people of Fiji will welcome the USNS Mercy ship from United States of America for the first time into our shore on Friday in Suva then it will transit
03 Jun 2015 08:02
USNS Mercy Ship Arrives On Friday
The USNS Mercy ship from United States of America.

The people of Fiji will welcome the USNS Mercy ship from United States of America for the first time into our shore on Friday in Suva then it will transit to Savusavu.

The USNS Mercy is a hospital ship that provides mobile medical and surgical services to support U.S. military forces and hospital services during disaster or humanitarian relief.

US. Embassy Fiji, regional public affairs officer Joseph Crook said it would be in Suva on June 6 to 10 and it will arrive in Savusavu on June 11 and depart on June 19.

“The crew will engage in a variety of local outreach efforts aimed at building lasting partnerships and enhancing our collective ability to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Mr Crook said.

“Led by the U.S. Navy, the Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15) team includes personnel and assets from Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Fiji and Timor-Leste.

“Pacific Partnership features two naval vessels this year, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and the USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3).

“As a combined force, the PP15 team will visit seven nations including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands,” he said.

While in Suva and Savusavu, the Mercy’s crew will engage with the local communities to forge partnerships that share medical practices, provide health education with Fijian partners and strengthen ties through community relations events.

“Totalled, more than 1000 civil service members and U.S. Navy personnel make up the USNS Mercy crew when deployed, but crew size can vary based on mission requirements.

“While anchored in Savusavu, the PP15 team will support communities in Savusavu, Seaqaqa, Dreketi, Nabouwalu, and Labasa with a focus on knowledge exchange and all direct care will be shoulder-to-shoulder with the Fijian health providers.

“Medical personnel will partner with Fijians to deliver care on board the USNS Mercy with a variety pre-screened patients for surgeries and dental procedures.

“In addition, USNS Mercy crew will work with the local northern division health officials to hold two health fairs to reach out to the surrounding communities of Seaqaqa and Savusavu.”

While in Suva, PP15 medical professionals, volunteer organisations and the ship’s crew will be working closely with the Ministry of Health and Colonial War Memorial Hospital staff to partner in surgical care, health fairs and the sharing of medical best practices.

“The Mercy’s crew will also engage in a variety of community relations projects that will be an open dialogue between leaders, cement new and enduring friendships.

“Also to build mutual trust and respect, and assist people in need all while ensuring the international community is better prepared to act as a team when disaster strikes.”

He reiterated the mission is also about the exchange of ideas.

“Unlike previous missions that focused on direct care, PP15 will focus on knowledge exchange and all direct care will be shoulder-to-shoulder with the host nation.

“The intent will be to impart knowledge and skills that will last well after the mission is over.”

Ministry of Health spokesperson Sunil Chandra said: “Medical professionals will be on hand to discuss wellness topics, including: nutrition, mental harmony, eye health and diabetes.

 

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