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Monday, July 30, 2007

Taiwan donates medical supplies worth $800,000 to Solomons National Referral Hospital in Honiara today

By Deli Oso, Press Secretary to the PM

The ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Solomon Islands, His Excellency George Chan this morning handed over a supply of medical equipment and medicines worth SBD$800,000 to the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.

Ambassador Chan said the medical supply sent all the way from Taiwan was a token of the friendly and cordial relationship between his country and Solomon Islands.

He said Taiwan was always concerned about the health of Solomon Islanders and this was symbolized by its ongoing assistance in the health and medical sector.

Mr Chan said Taiwan was a member of a responsible global community and would continue to uphold the motto ‘health for all’.

The diplomat also announced the arrival of another Taiwanese medical team from the National Referral’s sister hospital in Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital.

The new medical team comprising a kidney disease specialist, a plastic surgeon, a dentist, a dermatologist and surgeon was present at the medical equipment and medicine hand-over ceremony this morning.

Chan said he was sure many patients needing urgently surgery would benefit from their volunteer medical services as well as those requiring pain relief medicines.

The medical team will be providing specialist medical services in Honiara and Munda, Western Province for a month.

Mr Chan further announced that work on the fourth phase of the Taiwanese-funded National Referral Hospital project will commence soon.

He said an expert in hospital Management, Dr Hsiao Shih-huai has also arrived in Honiara to consult the Ministry Health and Medical Services on the fourth phase construction.

The diplomat said the major project was another demonstration of Taiwan’s friendship and commitment to assist Solomon Islands .

Ambassador Chan said to date Taiwan had so far spent US$10-million in Solomon Islands for the hospital project.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Health and Medical Services Clay Forau Soalaoi has described Solomon Islands bilateral relationship with the People’s Republic of China (Taiwan) as unique.

Mr Soalaoi was speaking this morning upon receiving the $800,000 worth of medical equipment and medicine supply from the Taiwanese government and also welcoming another Taiwanese medical team to the National Referral Hospital.

Minister Soalaoi said the relationship between Solomon Islands and Taiwan was exceptional because it faced a lot of challenges and that those tests would be the source of strength for that bond.

He said Taiwan had been a true friend of Solomon Islands having stood by the country in its times of dire need and difficulties.

Mr Soalaoi said Solomon Islands would also want this friendly and cordial bilateral relationship to benefit Taiwan and thus Solomon Islands would do all it could to support Taiwan in its bid for admission to the United Nations.

The Minister thanked the Taiwanese government for the newly donated medical equipment and medicines and Taiwan ’s International Cooperation and Development Fund for funding the newly arrived medical team.

He also thanked the National Referral’s Taiwanese sister hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital for providing the medical team personnel.

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