Enhance Penghu medical services to safeguard residents’ health: premier

  • Date: 2016-06-18
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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The  demographic  aging  of  Penghu  has  accelerated  even  more  than  that  of  Taiwan  proper,  and  more  medical  resources  must  be  devoted  to  Penghu,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  stated  today  while  inspecting  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare’s  (MOHW)  Penghu  Hospital.

Safeguarding  the  citizenry’s  basic  living  standards  is  the  government’s  responsibility,  and  medical  care  is  a  major  issue  for  the  offshore  islands,  Lin  emphasized.  The  administration  aims  to  set  up  extensive  health  care  mechanisms  and  organizations  for  the  elderly,  and  to  make  the  offshore  islands’  medical  services  even  more  comprehensive.

The  premier  visited  Penghu  Hospital  to  get  a  firsthand  understanding  of  its  development  and  needs  and  to  boost  the  morale  of  its  hardworking  personnel.

Since  the  establishment  of  the  hospital’s  cardiovascular  photography  room,  the  number  of  patients  sent  to  Taiwan  proper  has  dramatically  decreased,  as  local  treatment  capabilities  have  improved.  This  is  an  example  of  effective  medical  development  that  reduces  local  residents’  inconvenience  and  suffering,  the  premier  said.

Lin  reiterated  that  the  medical  capacities  of  Penghu  Hospital  and  Tri-Service  General  Hospital  Penghu  Branch  are  still  insufficient.  The  MOHW  hopes  to  make  use  of  the  external  collaboration  mechanisms  of  National  Cheng  Kung  University  Hospital,  Chi  Mei  Hospital,  Kaohsiung  Medical  University  Hospital  and  other  medical  centers  to  pool  medical  resources  in  order  to  further  raise  the  quality  of  Penghu’s  medical  care  and  address  its  deficiencies.

Lin  hopes  that  in  the  future  Penghu  residents  will  enjoy  more  convenience  in  medical  treatment  whether  it  is  in  Penghu  or  Taiwan  proper;  however,  the  administration’s  objective  is  for  residents  to  receive  care  locally  so  as  to  safeguard  patients’  quality  of  life.

Aside  from  increasing  medical  spending,  the  administration  and  general  public  must  brainstorm  on  how  to  make  Penghu  Hospital  even  more  attractive  for  residents  and  entice  more  publicly  funded  doctors  to  choose  to  work  in  Penghu,  Lin  said.  He  expects  the  MOHW  to  formulate  more  forward-looking  measures  to  systematically  improve  and  enhance  the  area’s  overall  medical  system.

As  this  is  Lin’s  first  trip  to  Penghu,  he  also  visited  Penghu  Tienhou  temple,  which  is  the  foremost  of  Penghu’s  three  major  temples  as  well  as  the  most  ancient  Ma  Zu  temple  in  all  of  Taiwan.  He  prayed  for  national  prosperity  and  peace,  favorable  weather  and  thriving  businesses,  and  chatted  with  locals  and  tourists  at  the  temple  area.