In response to an urgent request from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) decided to consecutively dispatch two anesthesiologists to provide medical services at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital from September to November of 2017.
The first anesthesiologist, Dr. Liang-Tsai Yeh of the Changhua Christian Hospital, practised anaesthesia services at the MCMH from September 11 to October 20.
During his six-week stay, Dr. Yeh worked closely with the medical staff at the MCMH and treated more than 135 patients who had surgeries on various areas like Obstetrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Urology, General Surgery, Pediatrics etc. After completion of his services, Dr. Yeh went back to Taiwan on October 21.
Dr. Sheng-Chin KAO, an anesthesiologist dispatched by MacKay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, arrived at Kingstown on October 19. After a debriefing by Dr. Yeh, Dr. Kao started his duty immediately and will work at the MCMH until November 17.
Moreover, with the support of Changhua Christian Hospital and MacKay Memorial Hospital, Dr. Yeh and Dr. Kao respectively brought with them necessary medical equipment and supplies in order to facilitate their services in SVG. Those items include medication, spinal needles, masks, 3 Way T-connection and transfer sets etc.
The medical cooperation between Taiwan and St. Vincent and the Grenadines has benefited Vincentian patients for many years. Based on the medical exchanges between Taiwan and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the years, the strong people-to-people bonds have been cherished by the people and the Government of Taiwan.
Just like what Dr. Yeh said before his departure, “It is all worthwhile to help Vincentian patients though I lost 10 pounds weight within 6 weeks.”