A local business is stepping up to extend respect to the nation's medical staff combating severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), after Taipei Municipal Hoping Hospital's 48-year-old head nurse, Chen Ching-chiu (陳靜秋), died of respiratory failure Thursday morning.
Yulon Motor Co (裕隆汽車), which assembles and distributes automobiles designed by Nissan Motor Co, said it will provide a financial-aid program for victims of the war against SARS.
"To soothe these brave fighters [doctors and nurses] while they are treating SARS patients, Yulon has decided to offer jobs to their spouses if they sacrifice themselves in the battle against SARS," Yulon president Liu Yi-chen (劉一震) said yesterday at a press conference.
Children who lose their parents in the war against SARS will also benefit from the automaker's relief payments, Liu said, as they are entitled to receive full tuition fees for college.
Yulon will also donate 1,500 sets of SARS-prevention equipment including clothes, shoes, glasses and masks to the Department of Health, said Chen Kuo-rong (陳國榮), Yulon's senior executive vice president.
"The closure of Jen Chi Hospital last week and Taipei Municipal Hoping Hospital this week has fueled public concern about the spread of the disease," Chen said. "Therefore, it's getting difficult to buy this stuff here and so we are procuring them from Japan."