Taiwan and Dubai are soon to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on medical exchanges, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday after a trip to the United Arab Emirates.
A delegation headed by Health and Welfare Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) and composed of health authorities, officials and representatives of leading hospitals has “achieved a consensus on further medical exchanges” with the Dubai Health Authority, the ministry said.
The two parties are expected to sign an MOU signifying future long-term medical exchanges and cooperation during the Dubai delegation’s return visit, it said.
The emirate has invited Taiwan to attend the inauguration of the International Family Medicine Conference & Exhibition at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday.
The delegation, accompanied by Manal Taryam, acting executive officer of primary healthcare services at Dubai Health Authority, visited local health institutions.
The ministry said that Taryam showed an interest in Taiwan’s medical services, including Chinese medicine, mental health and perinatal care, and the measures taken by Taiwanese health authorities to prevent obesity-caused diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Department of Medical Affairs director Lee Wui-chiang (李偉強) said that a Dubai delegation, including Taryam, would visit Taiwan in the near future.
The delegation would visit local health authorities to learn about Taiwan’s nationwide vaccination programs for children and measures in child protection, weight control and cancer screening.
The delegation led by Chiu also visited the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), “a counterpart to our International Health Industrial Park located in the free economic pilot zone,” the ministry said.
When completed, the DHCC will include four hospitals, 120 large-scale specialized clinics, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries and world-class hotels, it said
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council signed an MOU with the DHCC on Monday, a “bilateral cooperation that could help publicize Taiwan’s medical techniques and services in Dubai,” the ministry said.