TAIPEI (CNA) — Several hospitals in Taiwan have responded to the government’s efforts to demonstrate “Taiwan can help” by showing allies how to prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
The medical care facilities, mostly located in Taipei, are working with the ministry to share their practical experience and hospital management strategies in quarantine amid the COVID-19 outbreak, through video conferences with Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in Latin America and the Caribbean, MOFA said in a statement.
“Taiwan looks forward to jointly resolving global health problems like the spread of COVID-19 with the international community,” the ministry said, “Taiwan can help and Taiwan is helping” in the hope of achieving the goal of “health for all.”
According to MOFA, a medical team led by Chi Mei Hospital chief deputy superintendent Lin Hung-jung (林宏榮), held a video conference on coronavirus quarantine on Monday with officials from Belize, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as personnel from major medical centers in those countries.
Cathay General Hospital helped Paraguay improve its quarantine capacity in a video conference on March 20, MOFA said, and on Wednesday Far Eastern Memorial Hospital will share its quarantine experience and methods with health officials from Nicaragua in a teleconference.
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and Mackay Memorial Hospital are also participating in the program, the ministry said.
Despite its geographic proximity to China, as of Tuesday Taiwan had recorded just 322 confirmed cases of COVID-19, mostly imported cases, with five deaths, according to the latest data from the Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC).
The CECC data indicates the new coronavirus has infected 763,597 people in 178 countries and regions since its outbreak in Wuhan, China in December.
At present the United States is the worst hit with 159,184 confirmed cases, followed by 101,739 in Italy, 85,195 in Spain, 81,518 in China, and 57,298 in Germany.
The virus has resulted in 36,852 deaths, including 11,591 in Italy, 7,340 in Spain, 3,305 in China, 3,024 in France, and 2,945 in the United States, the data shows.