BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
DEPUTY Counselor of the Taiwan Embassy in Solomon Islands Mr Oliver Weng and Taiwan Health Centre Leader in Solomon Islands, Ms Alice Hsu paid a visit to Sape Private Medical Clinic in North Guadalcanal on Wednesday.
Located in the heart of Guadalcanal Plains, the clinic is owned and run by Dr Paulson Bosawai Popora of Sape village, North Guadalcanal.
A former Taiwan Scholarship recipient himself, he briefly spoke of how studying in Taiwan inspired him to return home with the knowledge, experience and skills he gained in Taiwan and utilise them to start something in his community.
Mr Popora stressed that having lived and studied in Taiwan he saw how hardworking Taiwanese people are and spoke of how both old and young people go out of their way to do volunteer work at various places.
In relation whilst referring to his university days in Southern Taiwan, Tainan at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), he said that they had to do community service which was not credited but a requirement to graduate and basically involved cleaning around the school and hospital.
“What struck me is working without any credit at all. We would clean around the hospital and take care of the elderly. At that time, this gave me the idea that I would do something when I return home,” said Popora.
He furthered that besides running the clinic he is also involved in providing community services for his people.