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Chinese Hospital Ship Ark Peace Arrives at Sierra Leone

The Hospital Ship of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, Ark Peace has arrived in the Port of Freetown at 10 a.m. September 19, 2017 to carry out an one-week friendly visit.

Over 200 people, including the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Hon. Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh, Deputy Minister of Defence Capt(Rtd.) Abdul R. Kamara, Chief of Defence Staff of SLAF Lt. General J.E Milton, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Hon. Mrs. Zulainatu Cooper, Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation Hon. Mr. M. A. Jalloh together with the Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wu Peng, Representatives of Chinese Communities in Sierra Leone, welcomed the visit of Chinese Hospital Ship at the port and held an solemn ceremony.

Hon. Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh representing H.E. Dr Ernest Bai Koroma gave a warm welcome and expressed his sincere thanks to the visit of Ark Peace and free medical services to the general public. He said, “the traditional friendship between our two countries remain unshakable and become even firmer as time goes by. Chinese government and people have been giving enormous support to the national development of Sierra Leone for a long time. Especially during the Ebola epidemic, China has leaded the international supports to our country. The visit of this advanced hospital ship brings good news and hope to the Sierra Leonean people. As a former Ambassador to China and a long-time friend of the Chinese people, I sincerely wish the friendship between our two countries will last forever.”

After the ceremony, the Honourable Vice President, Ministers and other officers went on board and had a tour of the facilities under the guidance of the Rear Admiral General Guan Bailin.

During the visit, the hospital ship will provide free medical services for thousands of Sierra Leonean people. Many activities and exchanges including the long distance medical service by the helicopter, first aid technique training, nursing skills demonstration, environmental health disinfection, artistic performance and so on will also be carried out.

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