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New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher McNulty, surgeon general assigned to 12th Air Force, speaks with a Guyanese patient at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 2, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryan Jacobs, pediatrician assigned to the 88th Medical Operations Squadron, performs an examination at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 2, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

U.S. Army Capt. Wendy Minarik, dietician assigned to 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, speaks to Guyanese patients at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 2, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

U.S. Army Maj. Matthew Conlan, veterinarian assigned to the 276th Engineer Company, interacts with a dog at a Veterinary Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 8, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

U.S. Army Maj. Matthew Conlan, veterinarian assigned to the 276th Engineer Company, and Dr. Heidi Macey, veterinarian from World Vets, vaccinates a local pig at a Veterinary Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden Guyana, July 9, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

New Horizons 19 MEDRETE: Medical providers treat 9,575 Guyanese patients

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Caleb Baumcratz, security forces fire team member assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing, and Amanda Hedman, registered veterinary technician from World Vets, vaccinates a local goat during a Veterinary Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 9, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

A girl tries on new glasses.

A Guyanese girl receives prescription glasses at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 10, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

A dental technician performs an examination.

A U.S. Air Force dental technician performs an examination on a Guyanese patient at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 2, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

An optometry technician performs an eye exam.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dejah Ingle, optometry technician assigned to the 413th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, performs an eye examination at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 8, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

LINDEN, Guyana -- The Medical Readiness Training Exercise team for New Horizons training exercise 2019 saw their final patient July 12, 2019 at the Egbert Benjamin Expedition and Conference Centre.

The MEDRETE provided services in family health, women’s health, dental, veterinary, dermatology, optometry, physical therapy, dietician and pediatrics to the local Guyanese over the two week training exercise.

“A Medical Readiness Training Exercise is where a predetermined group of doctors, nurses, technicians and pharmacy get together to train on deploying in a contingency type moment,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Meredith Sarda, medical training exercise officer in charge deployed from Vandenberg Air Force Base. “We are here to learn how to put up a hospital and take care of patients in a worldwide contingency such as a hurricane or tsunami.”

During the two week MEDRETE training exercise, New Horizons medical providers working alongside host nation medics and non-governmental organizations saw and treated a total of 9,575 patients.

Below is the total number of patients each medical service treated:

General Medicine: 1211

Dental: 666

Pediatrics: 375

Optometry: 1430

Physical Therapy: 158

Dietician: 391

Women’s Health: 326

Dermatology: 467

Veterinary: 725

Pharmacy: 3826

According to Sarda, MEDRETEs give U.S. military medical providers the opportunity to evaluate and treat uncommon diseases and illnesses they would not normally see in the United States.

“We get to see things that we don’t get to see in the United States,” said Sarda. “Conditions that have not been treated at all in Guyana, but in the states we would have seen them in the early stages and referred them to a specialist that would have prevented the manifestations of diseases.”

The impact of New Horizons was also acknowledged by the President of Guyana, David A. Granger. During the U.S. Embassy’s 4th of July party (243rd anniversary of the USA's independence), President Granger addressed the importance previous New Horizons exercise iterations and the current one have for the Guyanese people.

“Guyana continues to benefit from the United States Southern Command New Horizons series of projects. Which began 15 years ago,” said Granger. “The current project has contributed to Guyana’s public health and public education systems. To the building of clinics, community centers, schools and the hosting of medical outreaches. All of these promote peace and stability and augment the development of the social infrastructure, so necessary to improving citizen’s quality of life”.

 This MEDRETE tasked Air Force and Army medics to deploy to a unique and challenging environment, where the exceeded expeditionary medical training objectives and demonstrated their ability to provide humanitarian assistance in coalition with host nation partners and non-governmental organizations.

New Horizons is an annual U.S. Southern Command training and humanitarian exercise that is led by Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) in various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. This will be the third time that the New Horizons training exercise has taken place in Guyana, having previously occurred there in 2004 and 2009. During this iteration in Guyana, U.S. service members have also been working side-by-side with the Guyanese people to construct three community centers and a women’s shelter.

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