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Chinese medical ship due on August 19

Update : 12 Aug 2013, 05:44 PM

Chinese medical ship , Peace Ark , is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on August 19 for an eight-day trip to improve bilateral relations.

“The purpose of the visit is to provide free medical services to the local people and conduct academic exchanges with Bangladesh’s military hospitals,” Senior Colonel Zhang Wei, defence attaché of Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh stated at a press briefing at the embassy.

This is the second time Peace Ark would be visiting Bangladesh and would be stationed in China where it last visited in November 2010.

The floating hospital treated 3,212 patients last time and this time it will be able to provide treatment for 300 people daily, Zhang said.

“The patients who were treated last time will have a chance to be re-examined by the ship’s medical staff.”

The attaché said, last time, a dying pregnant woman was saved by the Chinese medical team. “After conducting an emergency operation, the woman safely gave birth to a baby girl. Sergeant Hossain, the girl’s father named the baby, “Chin,” who is now three years old.”

The ship has 102 medical service crews comprised of 46 doctors, of which 15 have PhD degrees. It has seven medical offices, eight nurse’s rooms, eight operation theatres and 300 beds and can accommodate 40 major surgeries a day – about as many as a large hospital in Beijing.  

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