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Floating medical ship arrives

Atasa Moceituba
Saturday, August 23, 2014

AFTER its arrival in Suva yesterday, the world's second largest medical floating ship is expected to provide its services today.

The Peace Ark is a standard hospital ship designed and built in China.

It is 178 metres in length, 24m in width and 35.5m in height. The depth is 8.5m with displacement that weighs about 14,300 tonnes.

Chinese ambassador to Fiji Huang Yong said this would be the ship's first time to visit Fiji adding the floating medical ship would help and provide medical services to the people of Fiji.

He said the ship would be in the country for a week providing free charge services.

"The Peace Ark is equipped with 300 beds, eight operating rooms and more than 200 types of medical services. It has about 100 medical staff in 22 specialities, among it are 15 clinical departments," Mr Yong said.

He said different kinds of medical services would be provided by the hospital ship.

"We have seven auxiliary departments such as blood transfusion department, pharmaceutical department, examination department, radiology, pathology and medical engineering to name a few."

Mr Yong said the PLA-Navy hospital ship would also be visiting other countries in the South Pacific.

"Serving as peace manager, the Peace Ark embodies China's new security concept, with peace, development, co-operation in its core."

He said the visit consolidated and strengthened the traditional friendship between people in China and the South Pacific countries.

Political Counsellor for the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Fiji Yang Zhaohui said this was the first time for this ship to sail to the Pacific and people should take advantage of the services provided.

"For the expert team, they will visit the CWM Hospital and the military hospital on a daily basis to provide services there and the dispatch team will visit Valelevu Health Centre due to the lack of medical staff there," Mr Zhaohui said.

He said they would also invite local medical students to conduct operations with their experts on board the ship.

He added the ship had already visited Tonga and would later visit Vanuatu and PNG.

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