Honiara : 10 December 2016
The Republic of China (Taiwan) has come to the aid of Solomon Islands to boost its human resources capacity to deal with dengue fever patients.
The Embassy of the ROC (Taiwan) and Taiwan Health Center have deployed a team of medical specialists to the National Referral Hospital to work alongside local medical staff to deal with dengue fever patients following the dengue outbreak in Honiara.
In addition to donating much needed stereotyping re-agents for dengue fever, the ROC Embassy is donating another 30 cases of Ethanol Solution (hand sanitizers) on behalf of the Global Fishery Ltd. and the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation of Taiwan.
The medical specialists from the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital arrived in Honiara on Monday 5th December 2016 for the weeklong mission and are now at work at the National Referral Out-patient Department.
The Team Leader, Senior Medical Specialist, Mr. Wei-Chou Chang said the Taiwanese Government was concerned about the outbreak of the Aedes Mosquito-borne disease in Solomon Islands and facilitated the dispatchment of the mobile Dengue Outbreak Response team.
He said the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital has a sister relationship with the National Referral Hospital and the Taiwanese Government has capitalised on the on this bond to help Solomon Islands deal with the dengue fever outbreak.
Mr. Chang said this is the second time that the Taiwanese Government through the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital has assisted Solomon Islands in boosting its human resources capacity in dealing with dengue fever.
He said the first was in 2014, following the first dengue fever outbreak.
Sources : Solomon Islands Government and ROC press releases