The first mobile medical mission to the country's south Pacific allies is embarking on overseas service to the Marshall Islands today.
A project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first mission includes 14 medical specialists from the Wan-fan Medical Center and the International Cooperation and Development Fund, who will offer free medical assistance on the islands for two weeks.
The medical team includes experts in surgery, internal medicine, orthopedics, ophthalmology, family care, pharmaceuticals and anesthesiology.
Li Chuan-tung (
The project will send a total of nine medical teams from different hospitals to the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, the Solomon Islands and Nauru.
Shao Li-chung (
"Taiwan was indebted to its allies in the past and now is the time to pay back the favor," Shao said.
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Marshall Islands ambassador Alexander Carter Bing said that the medical mission from Taiwan could help promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.
Commenting on the limited medical resources on the Mar-shall Islands, Li said that the Taiwanese mission could help improve the medical standard on the islands.