TAIWANESE DOCTOR, NURSE TEND TO MALAITA’S ILLS

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Twosome has treated patients in Guadalcanal and Western province

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 12, 2008) –Villagers of Heo and Loa in Malaita Province say they cannot remember a medical doctor visiting their communities in past years.

So they were lucky when a Taiwanese doctor and a nurse called in their villages this week to provide free medical service.

Dr Chen Hsien Ching and registered nurse Ms Pan accompanied a team from the Taiwan Agriculture Technical Mission to the two communities.

The Agriculture mission is helping farmers there grow their own rice. Heo is in West Are’are while Loa is in the Langalanga area.

While the agriculture teams visited the rice projects, Dr Chen and Ms Pan were busy attending to medical needs of the people.

"Solomon Islands is an interesting place to visit and work," Dr Chen, who’s returning soon to Taiwan, said.

The pair had been working at the Taiwan Medical Centre at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.

But they’ve been finding every opportunity to visit the country’s rural areas and give their service.

They previously visited Guadalcanal and parts of Western Province.

Their visit this week to Malaita was as interesting as their previous visits.

The visit was aimed at reaching out to those who may otherwise never have the chance to see a doctor.

Head of the Taiwanese Agriculture Mission David Huang, said Taiwan sees the need to provide free medical services for people in rice growing communities.

"This is why we are taking the medical team with us during our visits to the rice projects," Mr. Huang said.

"This was an added bonus to the rice growing projects we are promoting in the villages," he said.

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