Taiwan, SD working tirelessly to save stranded Phalala patients
The Republic of China in Taiwan, through its cooperation with the country, is working tirelessly with government to find lasting solutions to the problems faced by patients, especially those suffering from cancer that rely on the Phalala Fund for treatment in South Africa.
Recent reports suggested that the Phalala Fund has been suspended in the neighbouring country resulting in notable deaths, especially on patients suffering from the noncommunicable disease as they are now stranded yet they relied on treatment in that country.
Republic of China on Taiwan Ambassador Thomas Chen has noted with concern the state of affairs, especially where it concerns these stranded patients when addressing a workshop on non-communicable diseases at the Mountain Inn Hotel on Thursday. He said he was touched by reports that already some patients are dying as they cannot access help since the Phalala Fund has been suspended for owing money to the South African medical specialists. “Let me assure you that the Taiwan and Swaziland governments are working closely to find a solution to this challenge as cancer requires special treatment. Cancer also happens to be the top reason for deaths in Taiwan. Our cooperation with Swaziland in the health sector spans for a long time and already we have welcomed at least 10 Swazi medial doctors from Taiwan who have completed their studies and are doing their internship in the local field. They were on a fully funded scholarship and as we speak 60 more students have enrolled for the same programme and by 2021 they will be back in the country and ready to serve sick Swazis,” said the ambassador.
The ambassador also pointed that his country has also assisted in the renovation of the Mbabane Government Hospital’s outpatient department after forking out US$20 million (about E280 million) towards the project. He said their partnership with Swaziland is not a oneway traffic, but beneficial to both countries. He said Minister of Health Sibongile Simelane when attending the recent World Health Forum in Taiwan highlighted Taiwan’s notable involvement at the World Health Organisation (WHO), something which as a country they are appreciative of.
Meanwhile, the workshop featured two seasoned health professors from Taiwan, former deputy minister of health Professor TzayJinn Chen and Professor Kao Ruey-
FIRST TABLE: The visiting Professor Tzay-Jinn Chen and Professor Kao Ruey-Ho with Dr Nicholas Kamara, Sebentile Myeni and other officials from the ministry of health.
ATTENTIVE: Some of the workshop participants listening attentively to one of the presentations.