Hundreds expected to receive free medical care aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship

The ship will arrive in Dominica on October 12

Hundreds of Dominicans are expected to receive free medical care when Chinese Navy Hospital Ship, Ark Peace visits Dominica beginning on Friday, 12th October.

The ship will remain in Dominica till October 19 and up to 600 people are expected to be accommodated beginning on October 13.

A range of services will be offered to the public including; gastroentology general surgery, Gastroenterology, gynecology which deals with the female reproductive system, males and their prostate, respiratory, dental, dermatology, traditional Chinese medicine to name a few.

“Due to the diplomatic relations between the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, we in Dominica we are very happy to host the visit of the Chinese Navy Hospital Ship,” Director of the Primary Healthcare in Dominica, Dr. Laura Esprit said on state-owned DBS Radio. “Approximately 600 persons will be seen per day throughout the days…”

She continued, “There are various partners on this mission, but the ship is primary here with us as a Health Mission, hence the Ministry of Health and Social Services have a very significant role to play, and of course the public is being asked to take advantage.”

According to Dr. Esprit the ship will be able to provide medical services to the public from October 13th to October 17th.

“So even if it is here from the 12th to the 19th there are various activities that will take place,” she stated. “Persons will be able to access those services from Saturday, October 13th through Wednesday, October 17th”

She said visits start from about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a break in between for lunch.

Dr. Esprit mentioned that on October 16th the vessel will move from the Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau to the Woodbridge Bay Port in Fond Cole where only public officers will be given the opportunity to access the medical services.

She explained that people will be pre-screened before getting access to the hospital ship.

People will be screened on October 9 and 10.

Dr. Esprit said that more than 60 medical practitioners will be on board the ship and they vary according to their specialty.

Meantime, she stated that simultaneously with the activities that is happening aboard the ship there will be a dispatch of expert medical teams at four (4) pre-selected Health Centres.

“So while this is happening at the Cruise Ship Berth on Sunday, October 14th there will be a team sent to Grandbay, on the 15th a team sent to the Salybia Health Centre, on October 16th to the Laplaine Health Centre and the 17th at the Portsmouth Health Centre,” she explained. “According to the condition if the person cannot come down to Roseau the services will be provided to them at their health facility.”

Ark Peace set sail from Zhoushan, China on June 28 to carry out Mission Harmony – 2018.

Dominica is the 7th stop of the current mission.

This mission is the concrete practice of carrying forward international humanitarianism and disseminating the idea of peace, development, cooperation and win-win as well, which will be conducive to enhance the friendly relationship between China and Dominica and the two peoples as well.

The Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace is a large maritime medical platform designed and built in China. She was commissioned in December 2008 with pennant number 866. The ship boasts a length of 178 meters, a beam of 24 meters and an air draught of 35.5 meters.

She is in possession of 8 levels and a full displacement of 14,300 tons. The 4,000㎡ hospital ship is separated into five main areas respectively for casualty transfer, triage, outpatient, inpatient and evacuation.

Over the past 10 years since she was commissioned, Ark Peace has sailed altogether 215,000 nautical miles, visited 38 countries and provided medical services for more than 200,000 people, therefore, she has opened a window for the world to learn about China and is commended as a vivid name card of China in the new era.

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27 Comments

  1. Natus
    October 11, 2018

    Medical diagnosis fair enough, how would the vulnerable follow up for any prescribed treatment?

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 11, 2018

    “It is good that the indigent will get some form of well needed medical attention.”(lob)

    Do not be too happy about Chines medicine; If I was sick, I would hesitate treatment from any military Chines doctor, or for that matter any medical treatment coming out of China!

    As far as I am concerned by the time they leave you might find “the  operation was successful; nevertheless the patient died.”  I do not know of any place in the Western Hemisphere, or any place on earth where I Chines military ship went out of China to treat the citizens of any nation.

    In any event Dominica is always the first in everything; even with the experimentation of some form on our people!

    There are Dominican doctors practicing modern medicine in America who has offered their services to people in  Dominica, taking medicine along with them. Roosevelt deny them the privilege of rendering their service to the nation; now he has China …… going to play doctor on our people.

    • Man bites dogs
      October 12, 2018

      Here we go another day, Francisco the professor of Doom is at it again! Very Very sad and lonely guy.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        October 12, 2018

        The chase you out of England because you lived too long on the dole collecting more welfare than the system have to give away; so on your return with nothing in your head, you can’t even farm, cutlass and hoe will cut your feet, so Roosevelt that corrupted goat feeds you.

        That  is why you all over the place wrecking havoc talking rubbish to earn Dr. Punjab Roosevelt Skerrit left over rotten food.

        And the good part of it all I hear he spits saliva, and mucus in his left overs before he hand it to you to nuh!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Don’t forget you are doomed boy!

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  3. anonymous2
    October 10, 2018

    This is a prelude to getting t Dominicans used to the new Chinese run PMH that is to come. There is a price for everything.

  4. I must Admit
    October 10, 2018

    First it was China building us State of the art hospital. Then it was China sending us MILITARY vehicles, military ambulances and weapons of war. Then it is China sending us their Chinese Navy Hospital Ship. Are we going to get a Chinese CEMETERY as well? everything we getting from them is related to death whether is state of the art hospital people will still die. Military vehicles and ammunition to a peaceful small country to me speaks of civil war where civilians are often killed. Hospital ship could also be a funeral home. I don’t know but when you dealing with a dictator and a foreign supper power that is not high on democracy one must think twice. It is believed that many Chinese hold a CIB passport of Dominica and who knows if the plan is not to clear some land to accommodate those Chinese, who for sure will give Skerrit the protection he badly needs? Could this be the reason to rush Savrine as president? I must admit Something is cooking boy and DNO please post my blog

    • DA Fails
      October 11, 2018

      Chinese are preparing for a possible war with the US, having bases in small Caribbean countries are invaluable to them. DLP and those round red rosey faces doesn’t think on such a level, it’s beyond their comprehension

  5. Say What
    October 10, 2018

    Mr. Boso the clown don’t you know when to quit. 🐜Don’t you get tired 😴 of stupping in the drain or gutter. What does the humanitarian help from the Chinese have to do with Politics or your agenda? Please learn and become a functional member of society.

  6. jazz53 Daniel
    October 10, 2018

    I would avoid their treatment, I would not trust!!

  7. U
    October 10, 2018

    Parasite % and his clowns went to China, they came beck with smiles on their faces and …. in their pockets, The well respected PM of Dominica went to China and brought back a medical floating ship. Will the Unified Worthless Pedigrees find a leader like Mr. 😭Baptiste, who embraces positive progress.

    • %
      October 11, 2018

      Play it cool.
      Don’t burst any blood vessel. Skerrit won’t fly you to Martinique.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  8. UKDominican
    October 10, 2018

    What would Dr. Esprit’s epithet have been to describe the visit by the U.S. navy hospital ship, the Comfort, when it visited Dominica in July, 2015 in a similar fashion and Pres. Charles Savarin stood on rank and insisted he be first in the queu, ahead of anybone else of the population. Laura, please refrain from any political coloured comments in future and remember your Hypocratic oath. Medical assistance from any country is welcome in our country. Illness has no colour and does not discriminatie. The white livery and red cross on the ship’s hull is testament to its neutrality and human mission.

  9. Channel 1
    October 10, 2018

    Agreed. This ship is part of Chinese “soft power” at work.

    Folks do some read-up on – the internet or wherever – the following concepts and see how nations & organisations especially the dominant ones utilize the following power projections to achieve their goals:

    i. Hard power

    ii. Sharp power

    iiii. Soft power

  10. %
    October 10, 2018

    I welcome the ship to Dominica,but this again brings into sharp focus the need for a state of the art hospital on island.For 18 long years an idiot and showman posing as a PM, has been talking of health care ,hospital,airport…So far it has only been hot air at election time… Which other PM except this dunce one would even think of building a new hospital at Goodwill? For volcanoes?..
    This is ridiculous,but showmen are usually brainless on matters germane to national development,and this fool is no exception.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Me Too
      October 10, 2018

      % I would like you to be the first person to be screened for the Skerrit Cancer that has been eating you up. How a person could harbor such malice, animosity and hatred in their heart? This man % is a total waste and failure, therefore he will try to diminish and distort the accomplishments of the DLP. In your own twisted mind what is wrong with the Chinese offering free medical care to Dominicans. Please gramma and papa make sure you are there before the bedbug %.

      • Anonymous
        October 11, 2018

        Nothing wrong with free medical care from China but DLP accomplisments? The hospital ship is here in the first place because of Skerrit’s failings.

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      • %
        October 11, 2018

        Try not to respond to waste and failure. Don’t let waste and failure defeat you.Are you a liar?
        Skerrit Must Go
        Skerrit Must Go
        LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

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    • Camem
      October 10, 2018

      But there was no talk of a new hospital when these four and a half year ild jokers were there;so what us your point?

    • October 10, 2018

      If Skeritt was half as incompetent as you continue to say, by repeating your political garbage, every Dominican would be hungry and broke like Danny Lugay senior member of the UWP and parliamentary representative for Roseau North. The party you want to replace the DLP with is just a bunch of lazy jokers that cannot even help themselves. Imagine your eloquent leader telling Skeritt to raise the money and leave it there so they can spend it when they get in power, as a politician that is the height of laziness and cluelessness.

      • %
        October 11, 2018

        Anon please attend school again.My leader of country and PM is Skerrit..A lazy, inept and incompetent leader.
        Skerrit Must Go
        Skerrit Must Go
        LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

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      • Your sister brother
        October 11, 2018

        Carcon, people like like Danny and his voters have little to lose because they have nothing or little already. It is those that have to have guards to keep their ill gotten gains that afraid and can not be free again. At least Danny can walk free in the street, in the market and everywhere. Can y0ur leader do that? I feel sorry for people like you. To call you a bat is an insult to that animal, that can see without even opening its eyes.

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    • Legitimate Voter
      October 11, 2018

      We should all be able to make our points without calling people derogatory names like “fools” and “dunce” and things like that.
      Is this example we want to set for our children?
      And I find DNO is way too slack with what it allows to pass as “civil discourse”
      The kind of things I see people telling each other is somtimes very distasteful to say the least
      Come on people, we can do better than that.

      • %
        October 11, 2018

        You don’t dictate DNO what to do.
        You are rude and out of place
        Skerrit Must Go
        Skerrit Must Go
        Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

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    • Eggleston brother
      October 12, 2018

      Go where you fool
      He will be there for another 20 years

  11. Ibo France
    October 10, 2018

    It is good that the indigent will get some form of well needed medical attention. This also reveals that there are many, many sick Dominicans who cannot afford to pay for much needed medical procedures. This is Skerrit’s and the DLP’s political strategy. Keep the people sick then bring a foreign medical ship, keep the people poor then give them foreign aid, ignore the people for four years after an election then show them how much you are concerned during the fifth year by playing Santa Claus. They will do any and every thing to cling on to power. They don’t want any torchlight to shine on the midnight accumulation of their ill-begotten wealth.

  12. jumbojet
    October 10, 2018

    nothing is free, especially not from these guys. wait, watch.

    • October 10, 2018

      I hope you know that, fool all ALU want is free free go work, y’all the lazy one bring down ALU self thinking is the land y’all bringing down

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