Taiwan medical team from Mackay Memorial Hospital visit Kiribati.

by Online editor.

Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Taiwan Medical Mobile Mission Fulfills its Duties

Taiwan medical mobile mission dispatched by Mackay Memorial Hospital (MMH)

and led by Dr. Shih, Superintendent of MMH, left Tarawa on 10 October 2016 after

completing a week-long medical services as well as the Rheumatic Heart Disease

screening and execution of clinic project for I-Kiribati. This is the 20 th visit to Kiribati

and the 19 th visit to Tungaru Central Hospital made by the Mission which comprises

of two pediatricians, one cardiologist, one gastroenterologist, one nurse and one

administrative coordinator. The Mobile Mission not only provided the medical

services, but also donated medical supplies to Tungaru Central Hospital.

309 outpatients were taken care of, 11 inpatient consultations, 12 panendoscopy

exams and 18 patients were identified as candidates of referral during the team

staying in Tarawa.

As for the Rheumatic heart disease screening project, echocardiography

examinations were completed for students in three major JSSs. Out of 741 students

being screened, 16 were found positive for rheumatic heart disease or congenital

heart diseases, and 2 were recommended as the candidates of referral to cure

congenital heart diseases.

The implementation of the Rheumatic heart disease screening project heralded the

new era of Taiwan Medical Mission services. Given prevention is better than cure

and the treatment of disease is expensive, passive and tardy, therapeutic activities

won’t be the only focus of the medical team. In other words, the medial mobile

mission will put more emphases on preventive medicine and early detection in the

future. Diseases should be stopped from progression by early detection and

secondary prevention, so that more lives and money can be saved. Our goal is to

work closely with Ministry of Health and Medical Services to protect I-Kiribati from

the threat of diseases.

In addition to the clinical practice, the team led by Dr. Yeh also gave continuous

medical education for medical interns regarding current concepts of coronary artery

diseases, GI bleeding and hepatitis B and C. Taiwan Medical Mobile Mission also

worked closely and exchanged points of view with local doctors and foreign

consultants.

Mackay Memorial Hospital became sister Hospitals in 2006. Since then, they

collaborate on implementation of different projects, such as the referrals program,

capacity-building courses, the fingerprint-based healthcare information system,

public awareness programs for preventing diabetes, rheumatic heart disease

screening for school children, and most recently, the establishment of the first

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Kiribati. To enhance the medical services, developing

telemedicine in Kiribati will be the next target.

Taiwan Medical Mobile Mission and Taiwan Embassy appreciate the cooperation and

proper arrangements made by Hon. Kobebe Taitai, Minister of Health and Medical

Services, Dr. Teatao Tira, Secretary of Health and Medical services and Dr. Burentau

Teriboriki, Superintendent of Tungaru Central Hospital, as well as their outstanding

colleagues. Without their support and courtesy the Medical Mission could not have

completed their performance in Tarawa.

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Date: 14/10/2016

Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Taiwan Medical Mobile Mission Fulfills its Duties

Taiwan medical mobile mission dispatched by Mackay Memorial Hospital (MMH)

and led by Dr. Shih, Superintendent of MMH, left Tarawa on 10 October 2016 after

completing a week-long medical services as well as the Rheumatic Heart Disease

screening and execution of clinic project for I-Kiribati. This is the 20 th visit to Kiribati

and the 19 th visit to Tungaru Central Hospital made by the Mission which comprises

of two pediatricians, one cardiologist, one gastroenterologist, one nurse and one

administrative coordinator. The Mobile Mission not only provided the medical

services, but also donated medical supplies to Tungaru Central Hospital.

309 outpatients were taken care of, 11 inpatient consultations, 12 panendoscopy

exams and 18 patients were identified as candidates of referral during the team

staying in Tarawa.

As for the Rheumatic heart disease screening project, echocardiography

examinations were completed for students in three major JSSs. Out of 741 students

being screened, 16 were found positive for rheumatic heart disease or congenital

heart diseases, and 2 were recommended as the candidates of referral to cure

congenital heart diseases.

The implementation of the Rheumatic heart disease screening project heralded the

new era of Taiwan Medical Mission services. Given prevention is better than cure

and the treatment of disease is expensive, passive and tardy, therapeutic activities

won’t be the only focus of the medical team. In other words, the medial mobile

mission will put more emphases on preventive medicine and early detection in the

future. Diseases should be stopped from progression by early detection and

secondary prevention, so that more lives and money can be saved. Our goal is to

work closely with Ministry of Health and Medical Services to protect I-Kiribati from

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the threat of diseases.

In addition to the clinical practice, the team led by Dr. Yeh also gave continuous

medical education for medical interns regarding current concepts of coronary artery

diseases, GI bleeding and hepatitis B and C. Taiwan Medical Mobile Mission also

worked closely and exchanged points of view with local doctors and foreign

consultants.

Mackay Memorial Hospital became sister Hospitals in 2006. Since then, they

collaborate on implementation of different projects, such as the referrals program,

capacity-building courses, the fingerprint-based healthcare information system,

public awareness programs for preventing diabetes, rheumatic heart disease

screening for school children, and most recently, the establishment of the first

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Kiribati. To enhance the medical services, developing

telemedicine in Kiribati will be the next target.

Taiwan Medical Mobile Mission and Taiwan Embassy appreciate the cooperation and

proper arrangements made by Hon. Kobebe Taitai, Minister of Health and Medical

Services, Dr. Teatao Tira, Secretary of Health and Medical services and Dr. Burentau

Teriboriki, Superintendent of Tungaru Central Hospital, as well as their outstanding

colleagues. Without their support and courtesy the Medical Mission could not have

completed their performance in Tarawa
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