Chinese military hospital vessel Ark Peace arrives in Tonga.

Over 2,000 locals are expected to receive free medical service by the medical team on board the Chinese military hospital vessel Ark Peace.

Medical services started after lunch today on board the vessel, berthed at Vuna Wharf here in the capital.

Medical teams were also dispatched to the Vaiola Hospital.

The vessel will be in the Kingdom for one week and patients on ‘Eua Island will also receive the free assistance next week when a team will fly to the island on board the vessel’s medical helicopter.

Acting Prime Minister Hon Samiu Vaipulu said Tonga was grateful to the Chinese Embassy here and the Chinese government for bringing the vessel and the medical service to Tonga.

“This is a great assistance and our people will benefit from this straight away,” Hon Vaipulu said.

“It is indeed a great assistance and one that we appreciate very much.”

Chinese Ambassador Mr Huang Huaguang said the visit was part of the China-Tonga relationship.

“We are happy to have the team here and we hope that a lot of Tongans will benefit,” he said.

Health Director Dr Siale Akauola and his team from Vaiola Hospital, along with World Health Organisation representative in Tonga, Dr Li Dan, met with the vessel’s medical team this morning.

The Peace Ark is a floating hospital that has served in a number of countries and continents around the world.

She arrived in Nuku’alofa at around 10am this morning.

On its current trip the vessel will also visit Vanuatu and Fiji.

Their Majesties King Tupo VI and Queen Nanasipau’u will visit the vessel on Tuesday.

The vessel is expected to depart Nuku’alofa next Wednesday morning.

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  1. Ne laka hake ‘i he toko 2000 tupu ‘i Tonga kuo nau lave monuu ‘i he tu’uta hake ‘a e vaka militeli fakafale mahaki ‘a Siaina ko e Ark Peace. Ko ha fale mahaki ‘eni kuo fakafolau ‘i tahi pea ko ‘ene fuofua ‘a’ahi ‘eni ki he Pasifiki Saute ‘o popolo’i ia ‘i he ‘Otu Anga’ofa.

    Na’e no’o e vaka ni ki he Uafu Vuna pea ne fakahifo ai ki ‘uta ha ngaahi timi fakafaito’o ‘o tuku atu ki he Fale Mahaki Vaiola.

    Kuo ‘i ai ‘a e ngaahi faito’o kehekehe pe ne nau fakahoko ‘o kau ai hano to’o ‘o ha fo’i mahafu mei he va’e ‘o ha tamasi’i Tonga ne ‘ohifo mei ‘Amelika. Tamasi’i ko ‘eni ne lavea ‘i ‘Amelika pea ne to’o ‘a e mahafu ai ‘i hono faito’o ka kuo mahino ‘eni ne te’eki ‘osi ia hono to’o.

    Lolotonga ‘ene ‘i Tonga ‘i ha uike ‘e taha o ne toki foki atu ‘i he Pulelulu ‘o e uike kuo ‘osi ne ta’imalie ai foki mo ha kau fiema’u faito’o ‘i ‘Eua ‘i hano tuku atu ki ai ha timi ne nau folau pe ‘i he helikopeta ‘a e Ark Peace.

    Na’e ha’elea ‘e he ‘Ena ‘Afifio, Kingi Tupou VI pea pehe kia Kuini Nanasipau’u,  ‘a e vaka ni pehe foki ki he talekita mo’ui, Siale ‘Akau’ola. Na’e tali ‘a e tu’uta hake ‘a e vaka ‘e he Tokoni Palemia, Samiu Vaipulu, ‘o ne fakamalo’ia ‘a e tokoni faito’o ko ‘eni kuo tu’uta ‘i Tonga. ‘E foki ‘a e vaka ni ‘o fou atu ‘i Fisi mo Vanuatu.

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