Hong Kong’s Ming Pao says that the Chinese military’s PLA Daily quoted Major General Li Shuzhang, President of PLA General Hospital: “the large military medical city in Sanya, Hainan that was formally commissioned last month as the Hainan Branch of the PLA General Hospital, will be deployed to ensure provision of medical services to the officers and soldiers at Xisha and Nansha Islands so as to enhance combat capability and provide logistical guarantee for major military actions.”
The Hainan branch hospital is located at Haitang Bay, Sanya City with a land area of 60 hectares. It began construction in August 2009 and was completed and put into trial operation at the end of last year, and formal operation on June 9. Li Shuzhang told PLA Daily that construction of the branch hospital was a policy decision of the CPC Central Committee and Central Military Commission. The Commission requires that the hospital should be built into a first-class first aid and treatment base for battle, and first-class health and recuperation base for cadres.
Li Shuzhang said that building the medical city aimed at improving and ensuring the medical service standards for the garrison, enhancing the combat capability of the troops stationed on islands and ensuring officers’ and soldiers’ physical and mental health. The hospital is making efforts to improve its capability to provide ensured services for military struggles. It will establish as soon as possible emergency health logistic safeguarding for both peace and war time, so as to “improve overall aid and treatment for major military actions and marine actions, and set up a three dimensional sea, land and air emergency aid and treatment system.”
Li said that stationed at a forward position of the South China Sea, the Hainan branch mainly serves the troops on the first line, and especially provides health, disease prevention, first aid and treatment for the troops guarding the islands and reefs and basic-level officers and soldiers on special duties. In the future, it will continue to strengthen all-round coordination with its parent hospital in Beijing. It will conduct long-distance consultations with doctors and medical personnel to extend the range of the branch’s service of first aid and treatment, in order to “do a good job in providing medical safeguarding services for the officers and soldiers on Nansha and Xisha Islands.”
PLA General Hospital was formerly called “PLA 301st Hospital,” an army-level unit under PLA General Logistics Department responsible for providing medical and health services for party, government and military leaders. Being the first branch it has ever established in another place, its Hainan branch has therefore got the nickname of “Hainan 301”. The branch is a division-level unit staffed with over 1,000 medical workers, all selected from the Beijing headquarters.
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