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Chinese Ship Offers Free Medical Services

Chinese Ship Offers Free Medical Services
National Manager Blood and Ambulance Services, Josefa Bolaqace and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China Qian Bo during the press confrence for the Peace Art Hospital Ship on July 23,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
July 24
11:00 2018

Free medical services will be provided to members of the public by the Peace Ark hospi­tal ship.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy vessel will be in Fiji from August 2 to August 9. 120 doc­tors head the onboard medical ser­vices.

Their ‘Harmonious Mission 2018’ in Suva will work on diagnosis and treatment of common and frequent­ly occurring diseases.

The People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Fiji, Bo Qian, said everyone was welcome.

“During the visit the hospital ship will provide valuable medical ser­vices for thousands of local resi­dents,” Mr Bo said. “Medical teams will go to villages and communities to provide medical services.

“The medical equipment engi­neers will go to local hospitals and help to repair or assist in the main­tenance of medical equipment.

“This is the second time for Peace Ark to visit Fiji after four years.

“Under the mission commanders Rear Admiral Guan Bailin and Rear Admiral Qin Wei, Peace Ark set sail from Zhoushan, China on June 28 to carry out “Mission Harmony 2018”.

Mr Bo said: “This mission is a con­crete action of carrying forward in­ternational humanitarianism and disseminating the concept of peace, development, cooperation and win-win, which will be conducive to enhance the friendly relations be­tween China and Fiji,” he said.

“All doctors, who are in possession of attending physician qualifica­tion and abundant clinical experi­ences, are from the hospitals affili­ated to Naval Medical University of the Chinese navy.”

This would be the second time the Peace Ark would arrive in the country. The first time was in 2014.

This would be the second time the Peace Ark would arrive in the country. The first time was in 2014.

National Blood and Ambulance Services manager, Josefa Bolaqace, said Raiwaqa, Lami and Makoi Health Centre’s would also be where the doctors were going to be based. This is to prevent overcrowd­ing at the wharf.

Edited by Percy Kean

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