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Taichung hospital treats Nauruan minister’s eyes

MEDICAL DIPLOMACY:Taichung Veterans General Hospital treated Nauru’s health minister for disorders resulting from diabetes that could have left him blind

Staff writer, with CNA

Nauruan Minister of Health Valdon Dowiyogo has completed medical treatment for retinal and macular degeneration, a chronic eye disorder that affects the retina, at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, a hospital ophthalmologist said.

Dowiyogo suffers from macular degeneration and was affected by retinal disorders caused by complications from diabetes, which can eventually lead to blindness, according to Department of Ophthalmology head Chang Chia-jen (張嘉仁).

He had previously undergone eye surgery in Australia, but a medical team from the hospital judged during an international medical mission in Nauru that Dowiyogo required additional medical treatment for his eyes or risk blindness, Chang said.

Dowiyogo arrived in Taiwan in November last year and had undergone four rounds of treatment before completing the regimen on April 10.

Dowiyogo was reportedly quite satisfied with the results of the treatment and was really impressed by Taiwan’s medical service standards and quality, Chang said.

Chang added that the treatment marks a success in international medical diplomacy for the hospital.

Patients with diabetes-related eye problems can usually maintain their sight if they seek medical attention and get therapy early, Chang added.

The hospital signed a memorandum on medical exchanges and cooperation with Nauru in 2011.

The following year, the hospital launched a medical program in the country, under which the hospital has stationed doctors in the country to help enhance its medical and health standards, Chang said.

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