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第 190次非洲肯亞義診圓滿完成



第 190次非洲肯亞義診圓滿完成

 

台灣路竹會 Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps Tel :+ 886-2-8667-6700 Fax :+ 886-2-8667-6116

www.taiwanroot.org tradm@taiwanroot.org

路竹會肯亞義診 人道關懷服務近5000人

 


中央社更新日期: 2009/02/13 18:27

(中央社記者黃旭昇台北縣13日電)台灣路竹會在非洲 肯亞 義診兩週,
服務近5000名病患,今天凌晨回國。期間肯亞發生300餘人傷亡的油灌車
大爆炸案,因為當地新聞通訊不佳,失去進行國際緊急醫療的機會。

路竹會會長劉啟群接受中央社訪問時表示,春節期間路竹會與結盟的台北
醫學大學及台南奇美醫院等醫療人員與志工組成27人醫療團,前往肯亞義
診。當地發生 旱災 ,導致糧食作物大面積減產,全國出現嚴重糧荒。

包括世界第二大淡水湖 維多利亞 湖周邊等城鎮,路竹會在肯亞全國10處
設置醫療站。劉啟群表示,四處都是愛滋病人、孤兒及飽受傳染病困擾的
飢民。這在豐衣足食的台灣,很難體會飢寒交迫
的經驗。

肯亞西北部莫洛鎮2月1日發生一輛載運 汽油 的油罐車翻覆事故,附近民眾
跑至傾倒的車體揩油時,車體突然起火爆炸,造成至少113人喪生,200人
受傷。

劉啟群表示,當時路竹會就在距離爆炸地點1小時車程的地點義診,可惜
因為當地沒有水電,無法透過電視或廣播得知趕到現場。事後回到首都
奈洛比才曉得,讓他相當扼腕。

路竹會在科索沃戰爭、南亞海嘯、印尼 地震 的緊急醫療救援經驗豐富,
劉啟群表示, 印度 也派出10人醫療團救援肯亞爆炸案,若國內相關單位
及時電話告知路竹會,台灣將更有機會在國際伸出友誼及人道救援。

護理師張淑慧表示,讓弱勢族群有機會享有健康,是世界衛生組織的共同
目標。面對天災、戰禍、疫病所引起的無數苦難者,人道救援所能做的,
看起來往往微不足道,事實上,意義非凡。

路竹會自民國89年2月在非洲 賴比瑞亞 義診後,就許願「每年春節我們在
非洲 義診」,一路走來,義工每年都自掏腰包、用自己的休假實踐承諾。

劉啟群表示,歷經 史瓦濟蘭 馬拉威 、加納、 塞內加爾 甘比亞
索馬利蘭等非洲國家,此次肯亞義診感謝志工犧牲與家人團聚的假期,
度過另類有意義的春節假期。980213


台灣路竹會醫療團在非洲 肯亞 義診兩星期,服務近5000名病患,13日凌晨回國。當地四處都是愛滋病人、孤兒及飽受傳染病困擾的飢民。(圖片:劉啟群醫師提供)


 







 



 


 





  
 
Taiwanese medical team concludes mission to Kenya 
09/02/15 20:52:37
Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA)

A non-government Taiwanese medical team that provided free medical services
to some 5,000 people during a just concluded two-week mission to Kenya returned
to Taiwan Friday.

The team, composed of 27 medical personnel from various medical centers, as well
as volunteers, was organized by the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps (TRMPC),
a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through
the provision of medical services at home and abroad.

The team arrived in Kenya late January, when the African country was plagued
by massive food shortages due to a prolonged drought, according to TRMPC
President Liu Chi-chun.

The team held 10 free clinics in several towns near Lake Victoria, where there
are large numbers of AIDS patients, orphans and starving people, according to Liu.

Liu recalled that when an overturned gasoline tanker exploded in the town of Molo
Feb. 1, leaving 113 dead and about 200 injured, his team, despite being nearby,
was unable to provide aid as it was unaware of the accident.

The TRMPC has rich experience in extending emergency medical relief, such as
providing post-war aid in Kosovo, providing medical treatment for victims of the
South Asia tsunami and the Indonesia earthquake, Liu said, adding that if the team
had learned about the explosion, it could have provided humanitarian relief.

Since February 2000, the TRMPC has arranged medical missions every year to
African countries during the Chinese New Year holiday. It has provided services
in Swaziland, Malawi, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Liberia and Somalia.
(By Y.L. Kao) ENDITEM/J




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