TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Food is indispensable in our life, so how to get nutritious diets is an important branch of knowledge. Working for Tzu Chi Hospital as a senior dietitian, Wu Ching-hui (吳晶惠) is the Medical Service Award winner at the sixth New Taipei City Health Charity Award.
Director Wu accumulated a great deal of knowledge from 15 years of clinical experiences of preparing nutritious diets for patients suffering from deceases ranging from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases to cancers as well as for child patients. She’s always used patience, love and care to meticulously design every patient’s diet and passed dietary knowledge to patients’ families.
In addition to work at the hospital, Wu has spent her free time on holidays participating in seeing patients on a volunteer basis and providing counseling at elder care centers. She’s also taught people about sanitary education, conducted evaluations of nutritional conditions of children at nurseries, and made improvement for them. Wu said, “Doing good deeds can bring utmost happiness, and I love every minute of it,” and that even though all of these are volunteer services, they were predicated on helping people and improving professional knowledge.
Wu earned her master's degree in nutrition at Taipei Medical University in 2011, and during her study she published several academic papers on the research of healthy vegetable diets, aiming at promoting the importance of healthy vegetables. Over the years, Wu has also participated in shaping health policies for New Taipei City with the aim of making it into a “healthy city.”
Therefore, she has been devoted to promoting correct diet concepts in remote townships. Wu sad, “The importance of nutrition lies on prevention, and don’t wait until you are sick to research on how to eat to lower blood sugar levels.” She hopes that she can use the most natural diets to bring health to the public before they get sick.
Besides the dietary professionalism, Wu was a member of front-line medical personnel on the scene of the Formosa Water Park explosion, being responsible for providing enough medical equipment and overseeing patients’ nutritional needs. During time off, when there were needs for medical support at the hospital, she would return immediately. She noted that time was critical when providing first aid, and required the medical personnel to treat the patients suffering from burns in aseptic conditions. Wu said providing medical care is more than caring for the patient, adding, “Medical personnel treat not only diseases but also mind, and they have to deliver safety.”
Whether it is practicing nutritional therapy, providing clinical care, or even affairs beyond her professionalism, every effort needs to be taken to make sure patients and their families feel safe and have peace of mind, she said.