U.S. military surgical team in Belize for humanitarian surgical mission

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Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2022. 10:09 a.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma González: A United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-Bravo Joint Task Force (JTF) military surgical team based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will conduct a humanitarian surgical mission in Dangriga and Belmopan.

The surgical mission will take place from August 15 to 27.

This joint effort by medical professionals from the US Armed Forces and the Belizean government is part of SOUTHCOM’s Global Health Engagements initiative.

The team of US military surgeons, operating room nurses, technicians and an anesthesiologist will work side-by-side with counterparts from the Belize Ministry of Health and Welfare at Dangriga and Belmopan hospitals. to perform basic surgeries on pre-selected patients.

This surgical mission is spread over two sites in Belize.

The first location in Dangriga is associated with Exercise Keel Billed Toucan 22, which took place in January 2022.

The second location in Belmopan is associated with the multinational exercise Resolute Sentinel 22.

“Resolute Sentinel 22, led by SOUTHCOM’s 12th Air Force (Air Force Southern), is a five-month multinational exercise designed to provide joint training and improve the readiness of U.S. military personnel and partner nations through humanitarian assistance activities Medical and surgical missions with partner nations increase JTF-Bravo’s expeditionary capability as well as its ability to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” a statement from JTF-Bravo said. the United States Embassy in Belize.

JTF-Bravo has successfully conducted medical and surgical missions throughout Central America for nearly 40 years.

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