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台灣衛生部長保證外國人在台尋求醫療照顧的安全 (中文-英文)

2020-07-30 14:00


台灣衛生福利部部長和中央流行疫情指揮中心(CECC)負責人陳時中(Chen Shih-chung)週三(7月29日)在做出此決定被批評後,向公眾保證,允許外國人在尋求醫療護理後進入該國沒有任何危險。

Taiwan Minister of Health and Welfare and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Wednesday (July 29) reassured the public that there is no danger in allowing the entry of foreign nationals seeking medical care into the country after receiving criticism for the decision.



Last week the CECC made the announcement that Taiwan will start opening its doors to foreign visitors seeking medical help under certain circumstances from Aug 1. It said that the foreign patients could apply for treatment requests in all areas of healthcare, except physical health checks and cosmetic surgery.



Although the CECC had described the decision as a humanitarian act, a number of hospital workers and medical experts have voiced their opposition, questioning whether it leaves Taiwan more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Some also pointed out that such a move would put the country's frontline workers at greater risk, according to UDN.



In response to the backlash, Chen promised at Wednesday's press conference that the new measure would not bring coronavirus into the country. He stressed that there are strict requirements that need to be met before individuals would be permitted to enter Taiwan, such as the need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding their flight and a thorough quarantine plan for the first 14 days after their arrival.



Chen said that all individuals wishing to seek treatment in Taiwan must test negative for coronavirus and their applications must be filed by their hospitals. He added that so far the Taiwanese government has received seven applications, including ones related to a brain tumor, lung cancer, and liver cancer, reported New Talk.


CECC官員石崇良(Shih Chung-liang)也向政府保證,政府將考慮大流行情況並做出相應調整。他說,在疾病大流行期間,預計只有少數外國人來台灣尋求醫療照顧,而許多將要申請的外國人最有可能患有急性疾病。

CECC official Shih Chung-liang (石崇良) also reassured that the government will consider the pandemic situation and make adjustments accordingly. He said that only a few foreigners are expected to visit Taiwan for medical purposes during the pandemic, and many who will apply are most likely patients with acute disease, reported CNA.


Source: Taiwan News