A Chinese hospital ship, the 14,000-tonne “Peace Ark”, one of the newest and biggest hospital ships in the world, is expected to dock at Maputo harbour today Tuesday. A hospital ship is a type of vessel whose primary function is to provide medical care and treatment in the sea, rivers or lakes, functioning as a floating hospital.
The “Peace Ark”, according to a, statement from Mozambique’s Ministry of National Defence (MDN), is visiting the East African nation within the scope of existing cooperation in the area of defence between Mozambique and China.
It will provide free medical assistance including medicines to the military and its dependents, in addition to the communities in the city and province of Maputo.
“In addition to the general practice, services will be provided including consultations in pediatrics, dermatology, gynecology, cardiology, neurology, stomatology, ophthalmology and traditional Chinese medicine,” the statement said.
News reports on the internet said the Chinese naval hospital ship is in Mozambique as part of its Harmonious Mission 2017, and has already been on visits to several African nations including the Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Gabon, and Djibouti.