Tai­wan, SD work­ing tire­lessly to save stranded Pha­lala pa­tients

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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