As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expand worldwide, Taiwan has effectively contained the spread domestically and protected its citizens after registering its ﬁrst case relatively early on 21 January 2020. Thus, the foreign media were scrambling to interview and share the successful experience of COVID-19 epidemic prevention in Taiwan. The Thai media, Hfocus, interviewed the epidemic prevention medical team of E-da Hospital through the introduction of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and hoped to learn from Taiwanese epidemic prevention experience for the reference of Thai health policy decision-makers and medical staff.
E-Da Hospital stated that the E-Da Hospital team who shared Taiwanese experience in epidemic prevention online includes International Director Zheng-Long Liang, Executive Vice President Sheng-Feng Zheng, Vice President of Internal Medicine Jun-Nong Lin, Director of Infection Control Department Jun-Kai Huang, Director of International Medical Department Dao-Qian Tang, Information Department, and International Medical Team.
Dao-Qian Tang said that epidemic prevention in Taiwan learned lessons from the fight against SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) 17 years ago. At the beginning of the outbreak, the government immediately established a central epidemic command center to combine private and government forces to fight the spread of the epidemic and ensure medical resources. Equal distribution and reduction of public panic. Hospitals play a critical role in the entire epidemic prevention system. Several epidemic prevention measures are adopted to avoid nosocomial infections, protect the patient's health, family members, and staff in the hospital, and ensure a sound medical system.
Jun-Kai Huang also pointed out that the Taiwanese government has implemented measures, such as mobile communication device tracking, stay-at-home order, and quarantine to reduce the possibility of infection in the community for people with risk and concern. To grasp people’s travel and contact history effectively, the hospitals have also used the Taiwanese health insurance database. Contact history tremendously reduces the risk of frontline medical staff facing the epidemic.
He emphasized that the good performance of epidemic prevention in Taiwan this time needs to pay tribute to the exchange of information between the government and hospitals. Through communication software or video conferences, major hospitals, experts, scholars, and command centers can maintain close contact and update the epidemic situation at any time. E-Da Hospital is more than happy to share its experience with overseas medical staff, hoping to contribute to the global epidemic.
In response to reporters’ questions, Executive Vice President Sheng-Feng Zheng said that E-Da Hospital, as an intensive care hospital, has a comprehensive epidemic prevention plan and shoulders the heavy responsibility for inspections in neighboring areas. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the inspection volume has exceeded 1,000 cases.
Being thrilled by the achieved success of Taiwanese medical institutions in epidemic prevention, TAITRA is spreading the effectiveness of Taiwanese epidemic prevention through 63 overseas bases around the world. It has also successively promoted medical teams in India and Myanmar to invite hospitals such as the national Cheng-Kung university hospital and ChangHua Christian Hospital through video for their experience in epidemic prevention. More than 10,000 doctors from India and Myanmar have participated. At present, many other countries will conduct online epidemic prevention experience exchanges and course teaching with domestic hospitals.
Through the arrangements of TAITRA, many other countries will participate in the online experience exchanges and course teaching of epidemic prevention with Taiwanese hospitals.
Origial resource: https://www.hfocus.org/content/2020/04/19011
Taiwanese media resource: https://health.ltn.com.tw/article/breakingnews/3146784
Photo credit: E-Da Hospital
**THIS ARTICLE IS TRANSLATED FROM MANDARIN CHINESE TO ENGLISH ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE FROM TAIWANESE MEDIA RESOURCE**