Chinese Hospital Ship Ark Peace Bids farewell to Sierra Leone
After spending 7 days at the sea port of Sierra Leone and providing free medical services to thousands of local people, Hospital Ship of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, Ark Peace, has left the shores of Freetown on 26th September for Gabon where such services would be offered again.
Over 100 people, including the Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wu Peng, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff of SLAF Maj. General M.M Keita, representatives of Chinese Communities in Sierra Leone held a farewell ceremony to the Chinese Hospital Ship at the port. Rear Admiral General Guan Bailin and other staffs of the ship shook hands and said goodbye to everyone at present.
During the visit, the hospital ship provided free medical services for 8,177 people and operated 51 surgeries in Sierra Leone. Many activities and exchanges including providing free medical services to survivors in the mudslide resettlement camp, first aid technique training, nursing skills demonstration, environmental health disinfection, artistic performance and so on were also carried out.
H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, Honourable Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh, Ministers and many other senior officers visited the Hospital Ship.