USNS Comfort Begins Mission in Peru

first_imgBy By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs November 05, 2018 A team composed of more than 900 personnel, embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), commenced their second mission stop, in Paita, Peru, as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative, October 30th. “This first day has been incredibly busy with setting up the site, unpacking equipment and conducting pre-surgical screenings, which were organized by the Ministry of Health,” said Lt. Cdr. Peter McIntyre, officer-in-charge of the San Alfonso Medical Site. “Our partners, the Peruvian police, have been stellar in assisting with patient coordination at the site, and we have been working alongside Peruvian contractors to get both sites prepared for medical care later this week.” Medical personnel, including military, non-governmental organization volunteers and members from partner nations, began screening surgical patients October 30th. The two medical sites were fully operational beginning, November 1st and continued seeing patients for five days. “We have an incredibly robust team with a wide ranging portfolio of medical service offerings,” said Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility aboard Comfort. “While Comfort is here in Paita this week, medical units will provide preventative medicine treatments, optometry, dermatology, women’s health, adult medicine, pediatrics, and dental and surgical screenings to thousands of patients. Our medical team is organized, ready and always eager to help others in need.” This is the sixth time that Comfort has deployed to the region. Past missions have provided medical treatment to more than 390,000 patients, including 6,000 surgeries. “Medical missions are inherently complex by nature,” said Capt. William Shafley, commander, Task Force 49. “We have a longstanding partnership with the Peruvian government that I am confident will facilitate a smooth and safe mission execution over the coming week.” Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT, www.dvidshub.net/feature/comfort2018, and www.navy.mil.last_img read more

Enyeama Welcomes Burkina Faso’s Koffi to Lille

first_imgKoffi, 20, left Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas and penned a long-term contract with the three-time French champions on Wednesday.Enyeama, who joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances, said he was delighted with the arrival of another African goalkeeper.“Koffi is a fantastic young goalkeeper and I’m very proud to see another African come to the club,” Enyeama told BBC Sport yesterday.“It’s heart-warming to see a young African goalkeeper earn a move to Europe; it says a lot about his qualities.“My advice to him is that he should focus on what has brought him to France, keep working hard and concentrate on his job.“I’ll be available to help him settle and give him all the necessary support he needs.”Koffi arrives in Lille with a solid reputation as one of the continent’s finest goalkeepers when it comes to one-on-one situations.Other African players who have used Lille as a springboard to bigger things include Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, Nigerian Osaze Peter Odemwingie, Senegal striker Moussa Sow and Cameroon’s Jean Makoun.Koffi joined ASEC Mimosas from Racing club de Bobo-Dioulasso in his native Burkina Faso in December 2015 and helped the club to the 2017 Ivorian title.Then his country third-choice goalkeeper, Koffi made his international debut as a late substitute against Uganda in March 2016.He eventually took over the number one jersey from veteran Daouda Diakité in October last year.Koffi has kept goal for the Stallions in their last nine internationals and played all six matches as the Burkinabe finished third at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram TRANSFERFormer Super Eagles goalkeeper and Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has welcomed the signing of Burkina Faso international Herve Koffi by the French Ligue 1 side, Lille.last_img read more