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US Physicians and military engineers begin their mission in Panama

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A delegation of physicians and military engineers from the US Southern Command arrived in Panama today to provide sanitary aid and infrastructure assistance in depressed areas of the country for three months.

"The purpose of the project is to promote the exchange of technical knowledge among physicians and engineers in Panama and the United States, and, at the same time, carry out various social work programs for the benefit of the population in the provinces of Darién, Coclé and Veraguas," said the US Embassy in Panama.

The mission, called "Nuevos Horizontes 2018", is coordinated by the Southern Command of the United States and the Panamanian Ministries of Security, Health and Education, the US delegation said in the same statement.

Military physicians will undertake medicine general, dentistry, gynecology, pediatrics and optometry consultation, will perform diagnoses and ear surgeries and vision care in different health centers of the country.

In June, epidemiologists from the Southern Command will attend workshops on advances in the fight against tropical infectious diseases offered by Panamanian professionals at the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies, said the statement.

The military engineers will help to build schools, as well as tanks and septic tanks in the jungle province of Darién, which acts as the natural border with Colombia and which is the only point on the continent where the Inter-American Highway is interrupted. ACAN-EFE


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