Grenadians are being encouraged to take advantage of medical services provided on board the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) China’s Ark Peace, an all inclusive/fully equipped hospital ship, scheduled to arrive in Grenada on December 5 for a short visit.
The Chinese Peace Ark hospital ship, which is known for its successful humanitarian medical missions in many parts of the world, including, Asia, Africa and Haiti, is expected to berth at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal for 7 days.
During the one-week visit, Grenadians would be exposed to a wide range of basic and advanced medical services and procedures, free of charge.
The PLAN Ark Peace is the first purpose-built hospital ship with 300 sickbeds, and a staff of 398 medical and support personnel including neurologists, surgeons, radiologists, dermatologists, biomedical engineers and psychologists.
Other facilities on board the ship include a rescue helicopter, 32 medical departments including Chinese herbal medicine, 5 doctors offices, 2 nursing offices, 8 nursing stations, 8 surgery rooms, 20 nursing wards, 108 in-serious wounds wards, 67 burn wards, 94 in-ordinary wards, 10 isolation wards and a wide range of diagnostic medical equipment, totaling 2414.
Approximately 2 weeks ago, the ship’s top commanders visited the island, where they met with officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Police and Port Authority to plan and finalise the schedule of the ship’s one-week visit.
The crew is hoping to undertake several medical operations, physical examinations, dental check-ups, CT scans among men, women and children.
China has been providing assistance to Grenada in several areas of economic development and co-operation including health care, education, agriculture, sports, housing and culture after the two countries resumed diplomatic ties in 2005.
The Keith Mitchell-led government took the decision after the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 to dump the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) in favour of Beijing, which offered it substantial assistance including the rebuilding of the national cricket stadium at Queen’s Park.