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Ma welcomes foreign nationals to treat water park blast victims

Ma welcomes foreign nationals to treat water park blast victims

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Just days after Taiwan rejected the help of Japanese doctors, President Ma Ying-jeou welcomed foreign medical workers to Taiwan to help treat people who sustained severe burns from dust explosions at a party at a New Taipei water park. "Although the law prohibits foreign doctors from practicing in Taiwan, there are exceptions to these laws, especially at this most critical moment," Ma said in a national security meeting on the aftermath of the disaster.
Upon learning of the June 27 explosions, both the Association of Medical Doctors in Asia and the Japan Medical Association offered to send 10 doctors and 50 nurses to Taiwan to provide assistance. The Ministry of Health and Welfare declined the offer, however, because foreign doctors are not allowed to practice in Taiwan without a Taiwanese medical license. Nearly 500 people were injured when colored powder dispensed at a "Color Play Asia" party at the Formosa Fun Coast water park (????) exploded and burst into flames, and the sheer number of burn victims has overwhelmed local hospitals and medical workers. As of Monday afternoon, the ministry said 432 victims of the fire remained hospitalized in 49 hospitals around Taiwan, and 291 were in intensive care at 48 hospitals and 237 were in critical condition. Three people have died from the burns they sustained. During the meeting, the president also issued a four-principle directive on caring for the victims that focused on putting a priority on saving lives, offering long-term care, integrating available medical resources, and assessing responsibility for the disaster. Ma pledged that his administration will offer the victims "complete care" services, including medical treatment, psychological counseling, and future schooling and employment, and said the government will try to save every person's life without regard for cost. He also revealed that the government is planning to set up a foundation to care for the victims of the explosions and integrate all available resources of the central and local governments and public and private sectors. Among the attendees at the meeting were Premier Mao Chi-kuo, and the heads of the ministries of the interior, health, national defense, education, and transportation, among others. New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu was also in attendance. During the meeting, the participants reviewed the actions taken in response to the disaster, the coordination of medical resources, the protection of the victims' rights and interests, and the care they have received. (By Kelven Huang, Chen Ching-fang and Romulo Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:24 GMT+08:00