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Volunteers dispatched to St. Lucia for medical aid

TAIPEI -- A group of volunteers from the Changhua Christian Hospital in Central Taiwan has been sent to St. Lucia to provide medical services to the people there, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The six-member group — four doctors, one nurse and one medical radiology technologist - will be providing services during their April 26-May 17 visit, the ministry said in a recent statement.

Doctors in the group hail from the disciplines of family medicine, cardiology, and Chinese medicine, the ministry said.

The Changhua Christian Hospital established a sister institution partnership with St. Lucia's St. Jude Hospital in 2009 and has helped train medical staff for the hospital in the Caribbean country, the ministry said.

So far, the Changhua Christian Hospital has dispatched more than 100 volunteers as part of 15 assignments to provide services and help improve medical and public health care in St. Lucia, it added.

The program plays an important role in strengthening ties between Taiwan and St. Lucia, the ministry said.

St. Lucia is one of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies.

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