Taipei, July 9 (CNA)
Four Japanese medical experts on burn treatments will arrive in Taiwan Sunday to provide consultation on how to treat patients suffering severe burns from the June 27 dust explosion at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei, Taiwan's health minister said Thursday.
At the request of Cheng Hsin General Hospital and Cathay General Hospital, four Japanese medical experts will visit the two hospitals to provide support and guidance for local physicians on how to treat burn victims but the law does not allow them to get directly involved in their treatment, according to Chiang Been-huang, minister of Health and Welfare.
The four medical specialists will stay in Taiwan until next Friday and the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps and the Taiwan Medical Association will pay their travel expenses in the country, Chiang said.
The decision came after two Japanese medical doctors came to Taiwan last week at the invitation of the Taiwan Medical Association to see to the needs of hospitals treating the burn victims.
As a result, the medical sector in Japan offered to send 10 physicians and 50 nurses to Taiwan to help treat the victims.
In response, however, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said earlier this week that foreign doctors cannot be directly involved in treating victims of the horrific explosion.
According to Taiwan's law, Taiwan's medical centers and hospitals are permitted to invite foreign experts to visit Taiwan to provide consultation about treatment plans but the law does not allow them to get directly involved in their treatment, deputy minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien said.
A total of 495 people were injured while attending a Color Play Asia party at the venue when colored powder being sprayed into the crowd suddenly exploded and burst into flames.
While three of the victims had died as of Thursday, 420 remain hospitalized, 277 of whom are being treated in intensive care units. A total of 224 people remained listed in critical condition, according to tallies provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. (By Lung Pei-ning and Evelyn Kao)
Taipei, July 9 (CNA)