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Authorities to provide more medical resources for remote villages

Authorities to provide more medical resources for remote villages

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) has decided to appropriate a fund of NT$100 million (US$3.05 million) to open clinics at elementary schools in remote villages that suffer from a lack of medical facilities.
A BNHI medical affairs management official said Wednesday that there are currently 53 mobile medical teams circulating among remote villages around Taiwan offering medical treatment.
Every year they offer services to 530,000 people, the official said, noting that the BNHI has appropriated NT$400 million a year for the program.
Nevertheless, there are still over 40 villages that are not on the circuit and which lack any kind of medical resources, prompting the BNHI to decide to open the additional clinics in 2009, as well as providing vehicles to bring patients to the clinics, the official said.
The first one will be opened at Huanan Elementary School in the township of Gukeng in Yunlin County, south-central Taiwan. It is a small school with only six classes, and the school principal and residents hope the clinic will help develop a village-centric consciousness among the locals, according to the BNHI.
Meanwhile, the BNHI will also appropriate a further NT$100 million to establish basic hospitals in remote areas for patients suffering from severe diseases.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-04-20 04:07 GMT+08:00