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Taiwan to train doctors from 3 allies in liver transplantation

Taiwan to train doctors from 3 allies in liver transplantation

Kaohsiung, Feb. 27 (CNA) The Kaohsiung branch of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) said Friday it will provide training to doctors from three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the field of liver diseases and transplantation. Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay have accepted an invitation to send medical teams to the hospital in southern Taiwan, where they will be trained to perform liver transplants and to upgrade their general ability to treat liver diseases, the hospital said in a statement. Chen Chao-long, superintendent of CGMH Kaohsiung branch, had made the offer during his visit to Latin America earlier this month under the auspices of Taiwan's Foreign Ministry. During Chen's visit, the three allies identified liver transplant training as a priority since they all lack that expertise, the hospital said. Chen, a pioneer surgeon who in 1984 performed the first successful liver transplantation in Asia, was pleased to grant their request, the hospital said. Chen also agreed to help upgrade the skills of Guatemalan doctors who had received training before at CGMH, and he promised to assist with the establishment of a national liver transplant center in the Central American country, where liver disease is the fourth leading cause of death, the hospital said. Chang Gung Memorial Hospital was built in 1976 by late Formosa Plastic Group founder Wang Yung-ching and his brother Wang Yung-tsai in memory of their father Wang Chang-gung and in pursuit of high quality healthcare in Taiwan. The hospital, headquartered in Taipei, now has branches in Taoyuan and Keelung in northern Taiwan, Yilan County in northeast Taiwan, and Chiayi County and Kaohsiung in the south. (By Cheng Che-fon and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-19 12:44 GMT+08:00