Military medics aid disadvantaged in Asia
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese military medical students recently concluded their three-week volunteer service tours across four Asian countries offering medical assistance to underprivileged people, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Every summer the National Defense Medical Center (NDMC, 國防醫學院), a military medical school responsible for the training of military doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, sends a group of students to selected countries in Asia to provide volunteer services to underprivileged children and the elderly, military spokesman Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) said in a news briefing yesterday.
This year, four groups totaling 50 students and led by nine NDMC doctors visited Cambodia, India, Thailand and Nepal during July and August, Luo said.
The doctors were responsible for attending to patients while the students offered administrative services to local people, he added.
Speaking at the press conference yesterday, Chen Tzu-an (陳姿安), an NDMC sophomore and member of the Cambodia volunteer service team, said that with such limited medical resources in Cambodia, her group could only use morphine to relieve the pain of local AIDS patients.
In witnessing an AIDS patient die in front of her, she learned an important lesson in respecting life, Chen added.
Sun Yi (孫易), a senior student and member of the NDMC's volunteer service group to Thailand, said his team visited remote mountainous areas in the Southeast Asian country to donate medical equipment and teach locals about oral hygiene.
During his stay in Thailand, Sun said he spent some time with local children and established a close bond with them. He said he hopes he can do more to help needy people in the future.