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Aug 5, 2021

U.S. Military and Belizean Surgeons Complete Surgical Mission in Corozal

Today, a closing ceremony was held at the Corozal Community Hospital as a U.S. military surgical team from the Joint Task Force-Bravo completed about a dozen surgeries. It is part of the U.S. Southern Command’s Global Health Engagements initiative for the region. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Medical and surgical missions are a component of the humanitarian work being carried out in the region by the Joint Task Force-Bravo, which is based in Honduras. For the past three days, medical doctors from Belize and the U.S.  Southern Command carried out a mission at the Corozal Community Hospital. This medical outreach had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Stephen Gventer

Col. Stephen Gventer, Commander, Joint Task Force-Bravo

“The surgeons came up working with the Corozal Community Hospital here, working with their nurses, their doctors, surgeons. We brought anaesthesiologists, we brought surgeons, nurses and a team to work with them to help facilitate the ability to do some elective surgeries – things that during the pandemic a lot of nations, including our own, have had a problem doing elective surgeries because they focused their healthcare and a lot of their emergency workers and things like that towards the COVID problems.”


But people still have issues; they still have medical needs. So a total of twelve surgeries, primarily for gallstones, were successfully done over the three days.


Angela Gilharry

Dr. Angela Gilharry, Medical Chief of Staff, Corozal Community Hospital

“We didn’t cater for the large number that we wanted, the original number, but we have done eight surgeries up to now in these past two days and today we have four more scheduled. They were all open surgeries, cholecystectomies – commonly known as gallbladder removal – and it has all been going smooth. Excellent team that came here to work and they have been giving it full-time. So our staff as well has been very dedicated.”


Missions like these help to strengthen the relations between the U.S. and Belize.


Andie De Arment

Andie De Arment, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy

“Today’s exercise is really important in terms of medical cooperation, but this is just one other example of all the great work that the U.S. Embassy is doing in partnership with the Belizean government and Belizean communities. One of the things to stress about this exercise and everything we look to do is really have that partnership. Today it was a Belizean surgeon taking the lead in the surgery with an American surgeon being his assistant. Working together and finding those needs throughout Belize and working with different government entities, civil society entities and the local communities, I think that’s what we look to do to continue to strengthen the amazing partnership between the United States and Belize.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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