Over the next three weeks the medical team comprising four males and two females, will be sharing their expertise in their respective fields which include Trauma/Surgery, Chinese Medicine, Nephrology, Physiotherapy, ER and OR.
During the formal welcoming ceremony which took place at the St. Jude Hospital on Aug. 26, Health Minister Honorable Alvina Reynolds thanked the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its benevolence. She applauded the Changhua Christian Hospital for continuing to support St. Jude even in its current temporary location, adding, that St. Lucia was benefiting from the services of one of the best hospitals in Taiwan.
“I have been there on two occasions,” she said. “The hospitality, the skill, the positive attitude you see displayed by staff of the hospital, the spiritual base that is there at the hospital; I have been told that most times physicians and surgeons pray with patience before they perform surgical procedures. This speaks volumes for what we want to establish or continue at St. Jude Hospital because they too have a background, a history that is similar.”
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency James Chang, has hailed the program a success, since the signing of the Sister Hospital Agreement between St. Jude Hospital and the Changhua Christian Hospital back in 2009. Ambassador Chang said he anticipates the continued cooperation between the two heath institutions working hand in hand.
“Mutually sharing experiences and professional knowledge, you can make meaningful contributions to the people in need,” he said.
This is the second group of medical volunteers for this year. To date a total of sixty-eight medical volunteers have participated in the program its inception.