BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
THE Taiwan Mobile Medical Mission arrived in Honiara yesterday, and the mission will depart today to carry out medical services in Small Malaita, East and West Are’are from June 5-13.
In response to the dire medical needs in the rural areas of Solomon Islands, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Government requested Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH) and Taiwan Health Center in the NRH to organise a Mobile Medical Mission to tour around Solomon Islands each year.
In the past, the Mobile Medical Mission visited all provinces of Solomon Islands and provided medical assistance to the people of rural areas.
More than 80 percent of Solomon Islanders dwell in the rural villages with no easy access to medical services.
With the challenges and difficulties encountered, Taiwan Government through the Taiwan Mobile Medical Mission in the country to offer basic physician consultation and medical treatment to the rural people in Solomon Islands.
The 2018 Taiwan Mobile Medical Mission is a collaboration between ROC (Taiwan) Embassy, Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), National Referral Hospital (NRH), provincial and constituency officers of South Malaita area and KMUH.
Members of the Taiwan Mobile Medical Mission this year include neurosurgeon specialist Dr Wang Tse Lun, infectious disease specialist Dr Kuo Shin-Huei, general practitioner Dr Li Cheng Yu and Dr Liu Kuan Fu, senior nurse Mr Lin Yu Chau and Ms Ho Yi-Hui.
The mission, accompanied by local Constituency staff, will visit Afio AHC, Tawaro Clinic, Takataka Clinic, Tarapaina Clinic, Riverside Clinic, Rohinari Clinic and Rokera Clinic to provide free general outpatient service and specialist consultation.
The Taiwan Mobile Medical Mission is one of the ongoing assistance offered by the Taiwan Government in health sector to enhance the well-being of the people of Solomon Islanders.
Members of the Mobile Medical Mission hope that their visit will help solve some health problems for the people in the rural areas.