Tue. Aug 20th, 2019

2.8K medical referrals to Taipei since 2013

From left: Taiwan Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung, Shin Kong Hopsital Consulant Dr. Kuo-Ching Yang, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Palau Health Minister Emais Roberts, and Shin Kong Hospital Deputy Superintendent Dr.Tzu-Jen Hung at the Belau National Hospital during President Tsai's state visit to Palau. (Contributed Photo/File Photo)

Around 2,800 patients from Palau had benefited from the Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital’s (SKH) medical referral program since 2013, a top official of the SKH in Taipei said.

SKH Deputy Superintendent for Medical Affairs Shang-Jyh Kao, in an interview, said that these referral patients had received various medical services usually on surgical interventions for cardio and orthopedic diseases.

The SKH, since the inception of medical cooperation with Palau in 2007, had also engaged in three major missions in Palau namely the Public Health Program, Clinical Services, and the Mutual Cooperative Program. Under these respective programs, the SKH has provided school lunch programs for free to promote healthy diet among young Palauans and established a nutrition center and clinic at the Belau National Hospital.

Through the School Lunch Program, a total of 1,131 students from three elementary schools in Koror have been the recipients of fresh vegetables and fruits for lunch that are distributed twice a week, according to Deputy Superintendent Kao.

Kao emphasized the need to instill the importance of healthy diet to kids to address the high rate of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Palau.

Three nutritional specialists had also been trained by SKH to provide nutrition-related services to the public in Palau.

Kao said that the SKH’s Mutual Cooperative Program had also already yielded trainings for a total of 45 hospital staff of the Belau National Hospital (BNH). Through this program, BNH staff had undergone several trainings relating to nutrition, nursing care, intensive care, rehabilitation, and emergency medicine.

SKH also provides scheduled medical missions to Palau annually. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)