Earlier this month, a media release by the US Southern Command announced that a large mobile field hospital was transported from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., to Kingston, Jamaica.
The hospital will be used to support the Jamaica’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation, made on behalf of the American people, cost $753,000 and was purchased as part of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) ongoing assistance to nations responding to the global pandemic in the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and funded by the command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP).
The hospital can house up to 70 patient beds and will support health and public-safety professionals labouring tirelessly to care for patients, save lives and mitigate suffering.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday stated via a social media post that the field hospital will act as an extension of the National Chest Hospital. A team of civilian trainers will instruct Jamaican medical and support teams chosen to run the mobile hospital on its assembly, set up, use, disassembly, transportation, and storage.
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