The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and TMU Shuang-Ho Hospital help Taiwan’s diplomatically—the Republic of the Marshall Islands, through the COVID-19 crisis

Source: Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

Published on 2021-03-15

In supporting Taiwan’s diplomatic efforts around the world, TMU Shuang-Ho Hospital, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leads the operation of the Taiwan Health Center in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, staffed with health professionals, to provide health promotion services, medical care and other multilateral exchange activities.

Director Kuan-Rau Chiou (邱寬饒) of the Department of Cardiology, Shuang-Ho Hospital (front) and a resident doctor co-teaching medical students from the Marshall Islands.

The COVID-19 epidemic is raging around the world. The Marshall Islands, which is situated in the Pacific Ocean, issued an emergency entry ban in the early March of this year, which has subsequently prevented the medical staff of Shuang-Ho Hospital from going to the Marshall Islands as scheduled to provide clinical treatment and medical education. Special arrangements were therefore made for medical students and doctors from the Marshall Islands to participate remotely in the clinical teaching activities from Shuang-Ho Hospital via video. In addition, front line epidemic prevention medical staff also demonstrated the standard operating procedures through the video clip for the educational use in the Marshall Islands. Referring to the mission of Shuang-Ho Hospital, its Superintendent Mai-Szu Wu (吳麥斯) pointed out that these digital initiatives enabled the Hospital to continue making contribution to the development of medical education and exchanges with the Marshall Islands during the challenging times of the global pandemic, in addition to the donation of more than NT$4 million worth of epidemic prevention materials to the Marshall Islands, including laboratory equipment, screening reagents, consumable supplies and infrared thermometers, demonstrating Taiwan’s commitment to its allies and determination to fight the epidemic together.

With a strong belief in the value of medical humanitarian services, Shuang-Ho Hospital actively seeks to better integrate resources to help the locals of the Marshall Islands to address their health issues, exemplifying that “Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has entrusted Shuang-Ho Hospital with donating more than NT$4 million worth of epidemic prevention materials to the Marshall Islands.

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