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Taiwanese medical team provides care in Nauru

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A delegation from Show Chwan Memorial Hospital has won friends among the Nauruan people after providing two rounds of free medical services in the South Pacific country.

During the latest round from Oct. 9 to Oct. 22, an 11-member team led by hospital president Ku Ming-chow (古鳴洲) treated scores of patients, including the wife of President Ludwig Scotty, Ku said over the weekend. Ku said Mrs. Scotty had complained of dizzy spells and light-headedness for many years.

Dr. Chuang Pi-kun (莊碧焜) examined her and diagnosed chronic tympanitis, which could be traced back to a common cold she had as a child.

Chuang determined surgery was the only solution and suggested that she travel to Taiwan for the procedure.

One of the group's pediatricians became an overnight sensation in Nauru after performing life-saving surgery on a two-month-old infant whose hernia had reached a critical point, rescuing the child from the verge of death, Ku said.

The Nauru Hospital sent 40 patients to Australia and Fiji for treatment last year, at a cost of NT$10 million (US$300,000) to the Nauruan government, Ku said.

Ku said the Show Chwan Memorial Hospital became committed to sending medical personnel to Nauru and helping Nauruans obtain treatment in Taiwan after it formed sister ties with Nauru Hospital.

The Show Chwan team -- which included gynecologists, obstetricians, surgeons and orthopedists -- visited Nauru in September and last month under the auspices of the International Cooperation and Development Fund.

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