20 May 2005

US Navy hospital ship treats over one thousand Manam Islanders

4:29 pm on 20 May 2005

A US navy hospital ship is due to leave Papua New Guinea today, after treating over one thousand Manam Island evacuees at no cost.

The USNS Mercy arrived in Madang on Sunday to treat Manam Islanders who were evacuated last October to mainland care centres after a volcanic eruption.

Many people have received some kind of medical treatment including many

children who have now been vaccinated against disease.

The Mercy's Captain, Mark Llewellyn, said since their arrival, people have been flocking in for medical treatment.

The hospital ship had spent seven weeks in the tsunami-struck areas of South East Asia, before stopping in to PNG on its way back home to the US.