Sat, Sep 23, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Aid group Mongolia-bound

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A medical group organized by the Taipei City Hospital (TCH) will set off next Wednesday on a 10-day medical mission to Taipei's sister city of Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, to offer medical aid and learn how to operate medical missions in snowy areas. The medical group, led by the head of TCH's emergency department Shen Shi-che (沈希哲), is composed of nine medical rescuers trained by TCH, an administrator, a voluntary worker and a researcher in public health at National Yang Ming University, a TCH spokesman said. Mongolia is 44 times larger than Taiwan in geographic terms, with a population of just 2.81 million, half of which resides in Ulan Bator. Each year nearly 360,000 people receive medical treatment in nearby countries due to a lack of medical training and equipment in Mongolia, Shen said.

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