- The Pope Francis Hospital Ship has joined the fight against coronavirus by delivering medical aid and assistance to people
- The ship is delivering medical aid and assistance to some 700,000 members of coastal populations
- Many of the beneficiaries are members of indigenous communities in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest
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The Pope Francis Hospital Ship has joined the fight against coronavirus as the world continues to battle with the deadly disease.
A member of the ship's coordination team, Brother Joel Sousa, said "this ship has already worked bringing healing and hope to river populations".
The ship has been sailing the Amazon River for a year, delivering medical aid and assistance to some 700,000 members of coastal populations – many of them indigenous communities - in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, The Vatican News reports.
Brother Sousa stated that the medical and logistical team aboard the ship got reorganised to specifically fight the pandemic.
According to him, the crew is now committed to raising awareness and providing information to people and offers outpatient treatment.
He said: "We are dealing mainly with flu-like symptoms and mild cases of Covid-19.
"The doctors carry out the consultations, while we dedicate ourselves to the distribution of medicines.”
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