Chinese medical ship ends visit to Papua New Guinea with emergency rescue drills

Huang Panyue


AS an emergency medical support platform at sea, it was a show and telling moment for the medical and military staff of both China and Papua New Guinea as they demonstrated emergency rescue drills yesterday aboard the visiting Ark Peace naval ship in Port Moresby yesterday.

The drills included medical treatment and transfer of the wounded and sick at sea, medical support for the military personnel deployed and civilians living on an island, international humanitarian medical aid, as well as disaster relief rescue and foreign military exchanges and cooperation.

There to witness these drills were Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in PNG Dr Luo Dapeng and other health professionals.

Both medical and military personnel were encouraged to know the importance of public health emergency rescue when something sudden happens.

Mr Kase said the China-PNG academic exchange on emergency medical rescue was very important and highlighted that such a demonstration for Papua New Guinean’s to witness see was described as being impressive.

“Everyone around the world knows that China has a lot of experience in terms of commerce, military and also medical service.

“The second visit of the Ark Peace for the second time is a plus for the country for both military and health professionals in PNG,” he said.

He said currently, there is a Chinese medical team engaged at the Port Moresby General Hospital sharing their knowledge and expertise to the local doctors.

“When the Health Department received the message from the Chinese Embassy that the Ark Peace was visiting Port Moresby, we including the PNG Medical Board, Nursing Council of PNG and the Pharmacy Board of PNG.

“We made sure that the registration was done on time so medical personnel on board were ready to perform their duties. “On behalf of the Health Department and health professionals, I thank the Ark Peace and its medical practitioners on board for sharing their experiences with the PNG medical team and we wish you all the best in your Mission Harmony 2018 to other parts of the world,” he said.

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