Hos­pi­tal, NGO awarded for sup­port of al­lies

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

A Tai­wanese hos­pi­tal and a U.S.-based non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion (NGO) yesterday were both awarded the Friend of For­eign Ser­vice Medal by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs ( MOFA) to honor their con­tri­bu­tions in of­fer­ing med­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to R.O.C. diplo­matic al­lies to pro­mote closer ties. Cathay Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal (

), rep­re­sented by its su­per­in­ten­dent Lee Fa-kung ( ) and Tina Bow ( ), pres­i­dent of the Sim­plyHelp Foun­da­tion (

) based in Los An­ge­les, were awarded the medal by For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin (

) dur­ing a cer­e­mony at MOFA’s head­quar­ters in Taipei.

Dur­ing his ad­dress, Lin thanked the hos­pi­tal and the NGO for their “im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to pro­vid­ing med­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to Tai­wan’s al­lies and friendly na­tions.”

Since 2007, Lin said Cathay Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal has dis­patched med­i­cal mis­sions to Tai­wan’s diplo­matic al­lies, namely, Paraguay and Fiji as well as to In­dia and Mon­go­lia.

“In Paraguay, these mis­sions per­formed 37 cataract oper­a­tions and 30 knee re­place­ment oper­a­tions,” Lin noted.

This May, the hos­pi­tal sent another del­e­ga­tion to Paraguay to per­form 20 free knee re­place­ment oper­a­tions.

“I wish to con­vey my deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Cathay Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal’s in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions,” the min­is­ter said.

Mean­while, the min­is­ter also praised the hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance ef­forts made by the Sim­plyHelp Foun­da­tion dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Over the past 17 years, the foun­da­tion has do­nated over 200 con­tain­ers of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties to more than 25 coun­tries and es­tab­lished var­i­ous cen­ters and vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­grams in coun­tries al­lied with the R.O.C., ac­cord­ing to Lin.

This year, the min­istry and the foun­da­tion worked to­gether on a spe­cial New Year’s cam­paign, send­ing 11 con­tain­ers of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties to R.O.C. diplo­matic al­lies, he added.

In recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tions, the min­is­ter said he had con­ferred the medals to the two pri­vate units.

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