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The United States and Colombia carry out medical mission on Providencia Island
July 16, 2021

Medical personnel belonging to Joint Task Force Bravo of the U.S. Southern Command together with the authorities of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, conducted medical and humanitarian care led by the Government of Colombia through the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Ministry of Health, Social Protection, Police and the local government, on the island of Providencia from July 12 through 16, 2021.

During this operation, medical teams provided over 800 medical services of primary care, preventive medicine, dentistry, dermatology, optometry, and pharmaceutical services to approximately 600 inhabitants of Providence Island, as part of the U.S. government’s continued support to the island’s post-Hurricane Iota reconstruction efforts.

Additionally, the U.S. government supported the Colombian government’s reconstruction effort by donating USD 15 thousand dollars’ worth of medical equipment and USD 25 thousand dollars’ worth of medicines to Providencia Hospital for the inhabitants of the island.

This operation builds expeditionary medical capabilities and strengthens U.S.-Colombian relations.

U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Philip S. Goldberg said, “This is an example of what we can accomplish when we work as a team with the sole interest of helping those who need it most. None of this would have been possible without the coordinated work of the Colombian government and its military forces, who through a joint effort continue to work for the well-being of its citizens. The United States values our friendship with Colombia as a constructive relationship based on common interests and a commitment to the democratic values we have historically shared.”