Media from allied nations visit Taipei hospital

Media outlets representing nine of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have sent staff to Taipei Veterans General Hospital for a look at Taiwanese medicine and the country's medical diplomacy. The June 1 visit was arranged by the foreign ministry.

The visit included a tour of the hospital's dialysis center. The hospital says Taiwan excels in offering quality treatment for chronic kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease is a major health issue in St Kitts and Nevis, one of Taiwan's Caribbean allies whose media was represented during the visit. In April, the country began sending medical staff and officials to Taipei Veterans General Hospital for training. The hospital also plans to send a consultant to St Kitts and Nevis.

Nauru, one of Taiwan's Pacific allies, was also represented during the visit. The country has the world's second highest rate of diabetes. Diabetes affects more than a third of adults in the country.

Taipei Veterans General Hospital plans to station doctors in Nauru on a long-term mission to prevent and treat disease and educate the public and local medical personnel. At the same time, they will improve Nauru's ability to treat diabetes and other non-communicable diseases and their complications.

Source: Radio Taiwan International