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.
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.’
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.
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