2006 year Press Release
A senior anesthetist, from Taiwan, Dr. Luk, Hsiang-ning is providing free medical service at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) for at least two weeks and give lectures in anesthesia for the hospital staff.
TAIWANESE ANESTHETIST DR. LUK VISITS SOLOMON ISLANDS
The Taiwanese Embassy in Solomon Islands made the quick arrangement following the departure of an Israeli anesthetist who left Solomon Islands at the end of his contract in June this year.
Dr. Hsiang-ning an associate professor from the Taiwan’s Defence Medical Centre arrived in the country on December 26 in response to a request from the National Referral Hospital.
“The NRH has been lacking of professional anesthetists since the head of anesthesia from Israel finished his contract and left Honiara in June this year. This has resulted in a serious reduction in surgical services and costing the NRH dearly to bring in locums from PNG and some other countries,” Second Secretary from the ROC Embassy in Honiara, Mr. William Hsu said.
Mr. Hsu said Dr. Hsiang-ning who also lectures in many other medical universities in Taiwan has been an anesthetist for more than 25 years. He got a bachelor degree in medical science and a master degree in pharmacology from National Defense Medical Centre in Taiwan, as well as a PhD of physiology from Leuven University, Belgium.
The doctor also brought in a machine called Gleidoscope, a video-directed tracheal incubation monitor for the use of general anesthesia, and also some other anesthesia medicines and equipment for boosting the logistic support of the operating theatre in the NRH.
William Hsu said: “The Gleidoscope is worth about SBD$ 250,000 and will be donated to the hospital.
“This anesthetic machine will be the first modern ones among the South Pacific islands states and will greatly enhance the performance of surgeons and anesthetic staff in the hospital.
“The ROC Taiwan Embassy and the National Referral Hospital would like to thank Solomon Airlines for helping Dr. Luk to bring in this precious machine from Brisbane to Honiara and for waving extra luggage of medical supplies, which will be donated to the hospital.”