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Ministry, surgeons to provide medical help to four nations

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with the International College of Surgeons (ICS) to provide medical assistance to Indonesia, Swaziland, Nigeria and Peru, a Taiwanese official said on Thursday.

Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital is to work with the ministry, ICS and its Indonesia chapter, as well as Pattimura University in Indonesia, to hire doctors who would be working in cities as well as remote areas in those nations to provide free medical services.

The project, which is to begin this year and last through next year, is expected to improve the quality of surgeries in the four nations, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago director-general Calvin Ho (何振寰) said, adding that it is also aimed at building a patient database.

The ministry said that six doctors would be hired in the first year, four of whom would work in Swaziland, while the other two would work in Peru.

Six additional surgeons will be employed in the second year, with two of them working in Swaziland and the other four in remote areas of Nigeria, the ministry said.

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