Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

Shin Kong Hospital aims to enable BNH to do operations previously done through referrals abroad

The first official gathering of trainees and medical staff from Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital (SKH) and the Belau National Hospital and other relevant agents (BNH) at the Landmark Marina Restaurant and Bar on March 24. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital(SKH) has stepped up its medical assistance program to Palau by providing several operating equipment as part of its goal to enable the health facility to conduct some operations that previously warrant medical referrals to Taiwan.

Shin Kong Hospital Medical Assistance Program to Palau team leader Melissa Teyu Lo, in an interview during the first official gathering of trainees and medical staff from SKH and the Belau National Hospital (BNH) at the Landmark Marina Restaurant and Bar on March 24, said that SKH donated seven major equipment to BNH with an aim to have the last referrals to Taiwan.

Lo said that if BNH can perform surgeries here, then Palauans will not have to travel outside theircountry just to seek major medical care, citing the case of young Palauan Olympian swimmer Noel Keane as an example.

Keane previously had to be medevacked to Taiwan after sustaining life threatening injuries in a car accident in November 2017.

One of the equipment SKH is donating is yet to arrive the country in mid-April.

Most of the participants to the first official gathering, according to Lo, will also undergo one to three months of training and they are mostly composed of nurses, pharmacists, and technicians.

Two operating room nurses are also set to be sent to SKH for further training, according to Lo.

SKH will also train hospital staff how to properly maintain the donated equipment. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)