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Taiwan Team Provides Free Medical Services

People in the Northern Division will be provided free medical services from today at the Nabouwalu Hospital in Bua. An eight-member medical team from Taiwan’s Cathay General Hospital will be
16 Aug 2016 08:40
Taiwan Team Provides Free Medical Services
Cathay General Hospital medical team arrives at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

People in the Northern Division will be provided free medical services from today at the Nabouwalu Hospital in Bua.

An eight-member medical team from Taiwan’s Cathay General Hospital will be on hand to provide services in cardiology; ear, nose and throat; and infectious diseases.

The Taiwanese will be at Savusavu Hospital tomorrow, Seaqaqa on Thursday and Labasa Hospital on Friday.

Team leader Dr Chen-Hsu Wang said the group included four physicians specialising in cardiology and radiology, a radiologist, two nurses and a pharmacist.

 

First for Vanua Levu

“For the first time our team will visit patients in Vanua Levu and we are looking forward to the patients in cardiology; ear, nose and throat; and infectious diseases,” said cardiologist Dr Wang.

“The medical team will bring portable ear and cardiac machines which can check the ear and the heart condition for the patients. This is all to detect any sort of problem.”

Dr Wang said the mobile medical team was the first by the Trade Mission of Taiwan.

“Through providing assistance in various area of health care, Taiwan hopes to play a role in promoting good health and healthy lifestyles, as well as strengthening the friendship between Taiwan and Fiji,” he said.

“The visit of Taiwan’s medical teams has been made possible with the kind assistance of the various ministries and the support of Fiji people.”

Between 2006 and 2013, six Taiwanese mobile medical teams comprising 36 medical staff from Mackay Memorial Hospital had visited Fiji and examined 6371 patients.

From 2014-2015, four Taiwan mobile medical teams comprising 32 medical staff from Cathay General Hospital had examined 2000 patients in Kadavu, Rakiraki, Ba, Tavua, Lautoka, Sigatoka, Korolevu, Lomawai, and Cuvu and schools in Suva. The visits included examining and treating more than 600 students of Marist Brothers High School and Yat Sen Primary School in Suva.

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