Peace Ark is the best hospital ship to provide free health services

Peace Ark is the best hospital ship to provide free health services

Chinese Peace Ark (Photo Tatoli)

DILI, 06 september 2023 (TATOLI)— Deputy Commander of the Harmony Peace Ark Mission, Liu Xue Jun, said Peace Ark is the world’s first hospital ship with a capacity of 10,000 tons, which was independently developed and built by China and launched in 2007. This ship has 8 decks; 32 departments; and 428 soldiers, officers, and including 100 medical officers on board.

“China is one of the few countries to have a naval floating hospital. China’s rationale for this ship is to provide China with a platform to provide better means of providing a more rapid humanitarian response to disasters around the world,” said Deputy Commander Liu Xue Jun at the Dili Port.

He said, Peace Ark is a complete medical facility and is ready to be used in emergency or disaster situations. The medical facilities and equipment on this ship enable comprehensive health services for those who need them.

The ship is the only ship in its class and is assigned pennant number 866. The ship has a capacity of 300 beds, 20 ICU beds, 8 operating theatres, and the capacity to accommodate 40 major surgeries per day – about the same as a major hospital in Beijing, in addition to X-ray, ultrasound, CT, hypothermia, hemodialysis, traditional Chinese medicine and dentistry facilities.

The ship is also equipped with a remote communication and networking system that allows teleconferencing with doctors and specialists on land.

Following the Geneva Conventions, Daishan Dao and her crew did not carry any offensive weapons, and the ship was painted white with a red cross to mark it as a hospital ship.

The Peace Ark Hospital Ship is a floating hospital ship owned by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. This ship is equipped with various medical facilities and complete equipment to provide health care in various emergency or disaster situations.

Some of the facilities on the Peace Ark Hospital Ship include:

1. Treatment room: The ship is equipped with several treatment rooms which include an intensive care unit, operating room, surgery room, and inpatient room. These spaces are equipped with modern medical equipment to provide the necessary health care.

2. Medical equipment: This ship is equipped with various advanced medical equipment such as MRI machines, CT scans, X-rays, and other diagnostic equipment. This allows doctors and medical personnel to carry out accurate diagnosis and treatment.

3. Laboratory: This ship has complete laboratory facilities which include a blood laboratory, urine laboratory, and others. This allows the examination and testing necessary to diagnose the disease and monitor the patient’s condition.

4. Surgical room: The ship is equipped with a modern operating room equipped with advanced surgical equipment. This includes equipment for general surgery operations, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery operations, and others.

5. Radiology room: This ship has complete radiology facilities with various scanning equipment such as CT scans, X-rays, and ultrasounds. This allows the medical team to perform scans and get a detailed picture of the patient’s condition.

Apart from the above facilities, this ship is also equipped with helicopter facilities for emergency medical evacuation. This helicopter can be used to take patients who need immediate treatment to land or other hospital ships.

“This helicopter has a crew of 7 including two pilots, two medical officers, and five other technicians and officers,” explained Liu Xue Jun.

According to Liu Xue Jun, this China Peace Ark Hospital Ship has provided free health services to 40 countries around the world including Timor-Leste.

“I appreciate the willingness of the people of Timor-Leste who are enthusiastic to welcome the mission of harmony 2023, our visit here is in accordance with the agreement between the two countries that has been established,” said Deputy Commander Liu Xue Jun at the Port of Dili.

Liu Xue Jun hopes that the presence of the Harmony Peace Ark Mission in Timor-Leste for the second time will be able to provide health services for the community and be able to strengthen the relations between the two countries.

“Until now there is no fixed schedule for when this ship will return to Timor-Leste but as long as the relations between the two countries are still well established, the Harmony Peace Ark Mission will dock here again to provide free care,” said Deputy Commander of the Harmony 2023 Mission.

Since it arrived in Timor – Leste thousands of people have sought medical treatment from Chinese naval hospitals docked in Dili to check their ears, eyes, teeth hypertext, lungs, heart bones, and others.

Based on the schedule the Ark Peace Vessel will leave Timor-Leste to China on 10 of September 2023.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa 

Editor : Nelia B.


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