Chinese Navy Hospital Ship Visits Kenya

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Original Chinese Language Article By: www.zhgpl.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Central News Agency, Beijing – October the 14th, 2010 – from a report filed by the Xinhua News Agency, Mombasa, Kenya, dated October the 13th, 2010.  On the 13th of October, 2010, the Chinese Naval Hospital Ship named ‘Ark of Peace’ sailed into Mombasa (Kenya) as part of its five-day goodwill visit and medical services visit.  This is an important event as it marks the first visit to Kenya of a Chinese Naval Ship since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Kenya in 1963.

As soon as the ship arrived in Kenya, Chinese Naval Personnel of the ‘Ark of Peace’ immediately set about providing free medical services to the Kenyan people.  Ten cataract patients were received on board and treated whilst Chinese medical personnel deployed out into the community.  Medical supplies were distributed to the Red Cross clinic in Mombasa, as well as poor primary schools, orphanages, and many other places in need of medical assistance.

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During the goodwill visit, the Naval Personnel of the ‘Ark of Peace’ provided free medical care and assistance to the Kenyan people, communicated with local medical staff, and assisted with health education and contributed medical supplies.

The ‘Ark of Peace’ is on a five country tour of Asia and Africa and Kenya was the second stop on its agenda.  Kenyan government and regional officials, as well as the staff of the Chinese Embassy waited on the Pier to welcome the ship as it arrived.

The ‘Ark of Peace’ was engaged in the ‘Harmony Mission – 2010’ initiative.  The commander of the mission – Rear Admiral Bao Youping said: ‘The object of this ‘Ark of Peace’ Hospital Ship mission is to build on the traditionally good relations between Kenya and China.  This will bring the two armed forces together to operate on the seas in harmony and thus ensure peace in the world.  This visit marks a new chapter in the relations of our two countries.’

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The ‘Ark of Peace’ Hospital Ship left Zhoushan on August the 31, 2010, for its 87 day (and 15000 nautical miles) mission of goodwill to five different countries – namely Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Bangladesh.  This is the first time that the ‘Ark of Peace’ has travelled abroad with its 428 officers and other ranks to provide medical services and assistance.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://www.zhgpl.com/doc/1014/7/3/7/101473797.html?coluid=7&kindid=0&docid=101473797&mdate=1014103738

中國海軍艦艇首次訪肯尼亞(組圖)

中評社北京10月14日電/新華網肯尼亞蒙巴薩10月13日報道,中國海軍“和平方舟”號醫院船13日抵達肯尼亞蒙巴薩,開始進行為期5天的友好訪問和醫療服務。這是自1963年中肯建交以來,中國海軍艦艇首次訪問肯尼亞。

抵達肯尼亞後,“和平方舟”號醫院船立即展開醫療服務,接收了肯方10名白內障患者,並派員赴蒙巴薩紅十字會診療點、孤兒院、貧民小學等地進行醫療救助。

在肯期間,“和平方舟”號醫院船會為當地民眾提供免費醫療服務,與當地醫務人員交流,深入基層提供醫療服務、普及衛生知識及進行捐贈活動。

肯尼亞是“和平方舟”號醫院船為亞非5國開展醫療服務的第二站。肯尼亞軍政官員、濱海省政府與蒙巴薩市政府領導、中國駐肯使館工作人員等到碼頭迎接“和平方舟”號醫院船。

“和諧使命—2010”任務指揮員包裕平少將說:“‘和平方舟’號醫院船此行,必將加強中肯兩國的傳統友誼,增進兩軍、特別是兩國海軍之間的了解和信任,進一步開創建設“和諧世界”“和諧海洋”的新篇章。”

“和平方舟”號醫院船8月31日離開舟山,執行代號為“和諧使命——2010”任務。428名官兵及醫務人員全程參加此次為期87天的任務,總航程將達15000多海裡。這是“和平方舟”號醫院船首次赴國外執行醫療服務任務,旨在為吉布提、肯尼亞、坦桑尼亞、塞舌爾和孟加拉國5國民眾提供醫療服務。

 

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