Taiwanese medical volunteers arrive to assist St Jude
St Jude Hospital formally welcomed a team of Taiwanese medical volunteers from the Changhua Christian Hospital at a brief welcome ceremony on Wednesday.
The medical practitioners, who are specialized in various areas of medicine, will be imparting their skills and knowledge to the staff of St Jude Hospital and assisting it in the provision of health care to its patients. The team of volunteers, which comprises of six medical practitioners, will be at the hospital for two weeks.
In 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two countries which allows for the provision of medical volunteers to St Jude Hospital as well as the facilitation of opportunities for the training and professional development of its staff at the Changhua Christian Hospital in Taiwan.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr Sylvestre Francois, Officer-in-Charge of St Jude said the hospital has benefited tremendously from the exchange.
Francois said he has had discussions with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Overseas Medical Mission Centre, Dr Nina Kao, on exploring ways in which the relationship between the two countries can be broadened and deepened in order to make the relationship between them of greater mutual benefit.
Dr Nina Kao, CEO of the Overseas Medical Mission Centre (left) and His Excellency, Douglas C.T. Shen
The Ambassador of Taiwan, His Excellency, Douglas C.T. Shen, in his remarks said the Government of Taiwan is committed to assisting St Lucia in health care. He said he expects the health care system in St. Lucia to be significantly improved when the new hospital is completed, which is being constructed by a Taiwanese construction firm. “We hope when the next volunteers visit St. Lucia, we will have a new St Jude Hospital which will be better equipped to help those persons in need,” he said.
Dr Nina Kao said that Taiwan is proud to assist the staff of St Jude and will continue to do so, adding that they always perform their duties to the best of their abilities.
According to Dr Kao, volunteers who have worked at St. Jude hospital over the years always feel welcomed.