News: Free medical care provided to Belizean people
Story by Tech. Sgt. Kali Gradishar
CHUNOX, Belize - More than 100 people received medical care from U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Canadian medical professionals in cooperation with caretakers from a local health facility April 7 in Chunox, Belize.
Free medical care will continue to be available 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. through April 9 at the Chunox Roman Catholic Pre-School. Available care includes optometric, general medicine, pediatric, dental, and pharmaceutical services.
The care is provided as part of a medical training exercise, or MEDRETE, that offers U.S. and Canadian military doctors and nurses the opportunity to train and interact with their Belizean counterparts.
"I think everything went smoothly overall," said U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Nickel, New Horizons MEDRETE officer in charge.
Belizean medical professionals, community coordinators and a veterinarian are scheduled to train side by side with U.S. and Canadian medical providers.
"The day was great since a lot of patients came and we could help them," said Maria Enela Martinez, Chunox Health Post caretaker. "It was a good experience."
U.S. service members and their Belizean counterparts will also provide care 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10-12 at the Progresso Roman Catholic School, as well as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14-17 at the Libertad Methodist School.
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