Government expands access to health care services in eastern Taiwan

  • Date: 2016-10-27
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  today  that  the  government  is  working  to  protect  the  right  to  health  of  all  Taiwan  citizens,  and  make  health  care  services  accessible  to  both  urban  and  rural  residents.  His  remarks  came  at  the  opening  ceremony  of  the  National  Yang-Ming  University  Hospital’s  (NYMUH)  Lanyang  Campus  in  Yilan  City,  located  on  Taiwan’s  less-populated  east  coast.  

NYMUH’s  Lanyang  campus  is  a  significant  step  forward  in  allocating  the  nation’s  medical  resources,  the  premier  said,  reiterating  the  Executive  Yuan’s  support  for  the  hospital’s  continued  expansion  to  provide  Lanyang  area  residents  with  better  and  more  convenient  health  care  services.  

The  premier  stated  that  going  forward,  equal  distribution  of  medical  resources  is  a  major  responsibility  and  challenge  for  the  government,  and  expressed  hope  that  the  NYMUH  can  help  resolve  medical  resource  availability  and  distribution  issues.  He  then  said  that  the  Executive  Yuan  will  fully  support  the  hospital’s  second-phase  expansion  project,  which  will  help  the  hospital  meet  the  basic  requirements  for  a  bonafide  medical  center  including  more  research  facilities,  sickbeds  and  physicians.

According  to  the  Executive  Yuan,  the  newly  completed  Lanyang  Campus  will  be  furnished  with  522  sickbeds,  including  400  general  sickbeds  and  122  special  sickbeds.

Later  that  day,  Premier  Lin  traveled  to  Yilan  County’s  Shen-Gou  Elementary  School  to  learn  about  the  school’s  organic  lunch  program.  After  enjoying  an  organic  meal  with  the  school’s  teachers  and  students,  he  toured  the  campus  to  see  how  the  school  is  promoting  environmentally  friendly  and  energy-conscious  educational  programs.

According  to  the  Ministry  of  Education,  the  teachers  at  Shen-Gou  Elementary  School—a  mini  campus  with  only  around  150  students—have  designed  a  food  and  agriculture  education  program  that  encourages  students  to  understand  and  consume  locally  grown  produce.  The  program  focuses  on  rice  cultivation,  incorporating  local  community  resources  while  promoting  urban  and  rural  exchanges.