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Taiwanese medical team arrives in Gambia

Feb 22, 2010, 2:03 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The visiting Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps (TRMPC), a private, non-profit-making organisation dedicated to improving quality of life through provision of medical services and health education began its humanitarian services at Sukuta Lower Basic School last Friday.

The team led by their President, Dr. Chi-Chun Liu comprised 30 medical personnel, including doctors, dentists, nurses, lab technicians, as well as volunteers. They provided free medical services on their first day to some 1000 people of different cases.

The Point has been reliably informed that the TRMPC volunteers had just returned from Haiti on a similar mission, following the devastating earthquark that gripped the country, prior to their arrival in the country.

The team, which arrived in The Gambia last Thursday for the 2nd time, is dedicated to improving the quality of life through the provisions of medical services at home and abroad.

Speaking at the start of the exercise in Sukuta, H.E. Richard Shih Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia said the medical team is here to see if they can offer any support to their Gambian brothers and sisters.

"As President Jammeh always said we are sister countries and we are happy to see Taiwan medical team visit The Gambia," he stated.

He encouraged people to spread the message of the visit of the team for many people to benefit from the services of team, at no cost. "Please take advantage of whatever they can offer," says Ambassador Shih.

The Taiwanese diplomat revealed that the medical team came with a large quantity of medical supplies, noting that the mobile clinic would be moving from one area to another to offer free services.

For his part, Dr. Baboucarr Gaye, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare commended the medical team for complementing government's efforts in delivering quality primary health care to the citizenry.

Minister Gaye hailed the government of Taiwan for their relentless support to The Gambia's health, education and agricultural sectors. He encouraged people to make the best use of the visit of the medical team.

Honourable Adama Cham, the National Assembly Member for the area, who was among the gathering, welcomed the visit of TRMPC. He said that the relation between the two countries is based on mutual respect and betterment of our two people.

Aunty Sali Savage, the Nurse-in-charge of Sukuta Health Centre and village Alkalo, Modou Cham, both made similar remarks.

The Headmistress of Sukuta Lower Basic School expressed delight at the gesture.

Founded in 1995, TRMPC believes that medical service should transcend national boundaries and exceed the limitations of politics, race, and religion.