Chinese Hospital Ship in the island
Making a goodwill visit 'Hepingfangzhou', the Hospital
Ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy of China arrived to the
country today (06th Sunday, August), states navy media. The ship was
accorded a traditional naval welcome by the Sri Lanka Navy upon its
arrival at the Port of Colombo.
'Hepingfangzhou' has been constructed in a bid to
engage swiftly in humanitarian response to disasters around the world
and it is also popularly known as Ark Peace. The 178 m long and 24 m in
wide ship carries a crew of 381 personnel. It has treated over 120,000
people across the world during her circumnavigation. The ship is
equipped with all in-house facilities including, theaters, intensive
care units, consultant medical services, residential treatment units and
Computerized Tomography Machines. It also has a helicopter that can be
utilized to transfer patients during an emergency.
During their stay in the country, the ship's crew
together with Sri Lanka Navy medical personnel is scheduled to conduct
several medical camps. The ship will leave the Colombo harbour on
Wednesday (09th August).