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Ark Peace Treats 6000 Fijians In Three Days

Ark Peace Treats 6000 Fijians In Three Days
Chinese Youth Group perform the traditional lion dance to welcome the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Floating Hospital Ship Ark Peace at Kings Wharf in Suva on August 1, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 08
10:00 2018

Close to 6000 Fijians have already made use of free medical have service provided by specialists on board the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Hospital Ship Ark Peace in the first three days of its visit to Suva.

Medical equipment on board includes operating theatres, x-ray facilities, a labour ward, dental facilities, dressing compartments and consultation rooms.

By yesterday afternoon Director of Outboard hospital Zhang Cong Xin confirmed that the medical teams have collectively consulted and treated 5900 patients over three days from last Friday.

Talking through an interpreter Mr Xin said data would be updated later to give the exact number of Fijians and visitors that have benefitted from their free service.

“Ark Peace hospital has hull number 866 is a standard hospital ship designed and built by The People’s Republic of China and commissioned in October 2008,” Mr Xin said.

The ship, he said was designed to provide medical services and emergencies.

Mr Xin said before the vessel was tasked on any new mission, all facilities were checked and improved.

“All our medical machines and equipment are thoroughly checked before every Mission Harmony,” he said.

“For this mission, we will spend eight days here and after this we will head to Tonga, from there to the Caribbean countries then to Central and South America.”

Yesterday a medical team flew to Vatulele Island off the Coral Coast, as an extension to their Mission Harmony 2018 Fiji.

On its arrival at the Suva King’s Wharf on August 2, Chinese ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said the naval ship’s visit was a mission of harmony, mission of humanitarism, mission of peace and mission of friendship between China and Fiji.

“China is enjoying Fiji’s partnership and we want to do something for the people of Fiji,” Mr Bo said.

“This action taken by the Chinese government to provide medical assistance to Fiji with the election period on door step is because people are very busy and they need free medical treatment,” he said.

“There is a need, to implement the concept of building community to share good future for mankind for example, the mission action by Chinese government in assisting islands affected by tropical cyclones.

“We are close friends and China is a reliable partner for Fiji including other Pacific countries.”

The four Pacific islands on Ark Peace’s Mission Harmony 2018   are Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.

The whole mission will cover 30,000miles in 205 days.

Today is the last day Ark Peace will be conducting free medical services at the Suva Port.

The naval vessel leaves for Tonga tomorrow.

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