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St. Lucia seeks closer medical ties with Taiwan

St. Lucia seeks closer medical ties with Taiwan

St. Lucia, one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the West Indies, is seeking closer medical cooperation to further cement bilateral ties, according to a press release e-mailed to the CNA Washington Office Thursday.
The press release issued by the Republic of China Embassy in Castries, St. Lucia said that St. Lucia's Health Minister Keith Mondesir presided over a ceremony held at Victoria Hospital in the nation's capital of Castries earlier this month, in which he received a batch of drugs and medical equipment donated by Taiwan.
The press release quoted Mondesir as saying that St. Lucia should learn from Taiwan, particularly in terms of its national health insurance system, which is world-renowned for its sound design and application, as well as its generous coverage of the great majority of the public.
Mondesir said St. Lucia should also seek closer cooperation with Taiwan in training St. Lucia's medical professionals and personnel, according to the press release.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Felix St. Hill, St. Lucia's deputy health minister, offered his gratitude to Taiwan for sending a mobile medical team to St. Lucia to launch a free medical service mission this month.
The nine-member team, organized by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided medical care and exchanged views with medical professionals in St. Lucia on clinical experiences and techniques during its stay, according to Tom Chou , ROC Ambassador to St. Lucia.
The team, composed of surgeons, physicians, pharmacists and nurses from Changhua Christian Hospital, the Chi Mei Foundation Medical Center and Mackay Memorial Hospital, served at St. Jude's Hospital and Community Hospital, both located in southern St. Lucia.
Team members also traveled to Victoria Hospital in the north for clinical exchanges with doctors there. In addition, according to an ICDF official, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine joined the team for the first time to promote traditional Chinese medication and therapies, including acupuncture and cupping, to the country.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:40 GMT+08:00