Hos­pi­tal­ized main­land stu­dents vis­ited by se­nior PRC man­darin

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A vis­it­ing se­nior Chi­nese of­fi­cial took time out of his sched­ule Sun­day to visit two Chi­nese stu­dents be­ing treated in hos­pi­tals for burns they sus­tained in a dust ex­plo­sion at a party in New Taipei the pre­vi­ous day.

Zheng Lizhong ( ), vice pres­i­dent of the Bei­jing-based As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits ( ARATS), called on the stu­dents, one of whom is be­ing treated at Mackay Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal's Tam­sui branch, while the other was ad­mit­ted to Taipei Med­i­cal Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

Zheng ar­rived in Tai­wan last week as part of a Chi­nese trade and eco­nomic del­e­ga­tion that had toured var­i­ous cities and coun­ties around Tai­wan be­fore head­ing to Taipei ear­lier in the day.

Mean­while, Taipei-based Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF) Vice Chair­woman Shih Hui-fen also vis­ited the two Chi­nese vic­tims of the ex­plo­sion that in­jured some 500 peo­ple at a wa­ter park in New Taipei, and asked the physi­cians in charge to take good care of the Chi­nese pa­tients.

The SEF said that af­ter the in­jured stu­dents' fam­ily mem­bers ar­rive in Tai­wan, the foun­da­tion and its Chi­nese coun­ter­part, ARATS, will as­sist them in han­dling re­lated mat­ters. The SEF and ARATS are in­ter­me­di­ary in­sti­tutes es­tab­lished to han­dle ex­changes be­tween the two sides of the strait in the ab­sence of for­mal ties.

The two Chi­nese stu­dents were iden­ti­fied as 24-year-old Chen Ling­dan and Zhuang Chu­jun, 23.

Four peo­ple from Hong Kong and one from Ma­cau are also among the in­jured in Satur­day's ex­plo­sion, ac­cord­ing to the SEF.

While some fam­ily mem­bers of the lo­cal in­jured peo­ple had com­plained that no gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials had vis­ited them in the wake of the ac­ci­dent, Chen Pei-chi, wife of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, said on her Face­book post Sun­day that Ko was un­de­cided the pre­vi­ous night whether or not to visit the in­jured at hos­pi­tals.

Af­ter long con­sid­er­a­tion, Ko de­cided not to make any vis­its at a time when all the hos­pi­tal staff were at full stretch cop­ing with the in­flux of in­jured par­ty­go­ers. In­stead, he con­cen­trated his ef­forts on mo­bi­liz­ing all Taipei's med­i­cal re­sources for the res­cue mis­sion, Chen said.

Be­fore be­ing elected mayor, Ko was an at­tend­ing physi­cian and chair­man of the Depart­ment of Trau­ma­tol­ogy at Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, one of Tai­wan's top med­i­cal cen­ters. Chen is a pe­di­a­tri­cian.

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