Government bolstering medical services on offshore islands

  • Date: 2016-07-30
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  the  government  will  continue  strengthening  the  medical  resources  of  offshore  islands  and  protecting  the  health  rights  of  island  residents.  The  premier  made  the  remarks  today  while  inspecting  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare’s  (MOHW)  Kinmen  Hospital.  

To  make  emergency  medical  evacuation  services  more  economically  efficient  for  the  offshore  islands,  the  Executive  Yuan  has  tasked  Minister  without  Portfolio  Wu  Hong-mo  to  work  with  relevant  agencies  and  offshore  island  governments  to  procure  aeromedical  transport  services  from  the  private  sector.  Before  the  bidding  process  is  completed,  the  Ministry  of  the  Interior’s  National  Airborne  Service  Corps  will  continue  providing  emergency  air  ambulance  services  as  needed.

To  address  the  insufficiency  of  medical  resources  on  offshore  islands,  the  government  has  been  integrating  central  and  local  resources  and  making  it  a  priority  to  expand  medical  services  locally,  Lin  said.  It  is  the  government’s  responsibility  to  provide  comprehensive  medical  care  on  the  islands  so  that  emergency  and  cancer  patients  can  receive  continuous  care  locally  rather  than  wait  for  aeromedical  transport  services  to  Taiwan  proper  and  risk  the  discomfort  of  air  travel.  

Lin  instructed  the  MOHW  to  continue  supporting  medical  services  and  enhancing  the  quality  of  health  care  on  the  offshore  islands.  With  sufficient  staff  and  a  sound  medical  environment,  more  doctors  will  be  willing  to  stay  on  and  safeguard  the  health  of  Kinmen  and  other  offshore  residents.  

The  health  ministry  said  it  formulated  a  plan  in  2010  to  expand  Kinmen  Hospital  and  completed  the  expansion  in  2013,  adding  a  Psychiatry  Building,  a  Medical  Building,  as  well  as  numerous  advanced  equipment  and  facilities  to  enable  emergency  patients  to  receive  examinations  and  treatment  locally.  Moreover,  a  cardiac  catheterization  laboratory  set  up  in  2015  has  to  date  diagnosed  and  treated  74  patients,  offering  timely  and  comprehensive  care  to  patients  of  acute  coronary  syndrome.