A team of doctors from the Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital (SKH) visited Palau from December to January to provide health services to the country’s patients.
Four medical specialists, Pediatrician, Kou Tien Lin, Orthopedic Surgeon, Chu Chen Lun, Family Medicine Doctor Chen Jo Ning, and Pharmacist Lee Meng San, provided medical services to over 400 patients.
Dr. Chen said most of the patients she has seen have non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes or hypertension.
Spending almost a month in Palau, the doctors have also been conducting medical missions in other parts of the country.
In total Dr. Chen has seen 154 patients, who mostly suffer from NCDs.
She said that it is encouraged that patients come from NCD screening as prevention to more serious conditions.
For Dr. Chu, most of the patients he saw had bone degeneration issues which some of them, considering the severity of more serious cases had to be referred to Taiwan for surgery.
He said degeneration of bones could be related to obesity or age.
Pharmacist Lee also provided counseling in cancer care.
Shin Kong Hospital has been sending a team to Palau annually not to only provide medical treatment and consultation but deliver medical equipment as well.
The annual mission consists of a small team of doctors in specialized fields. (B. Carreon)

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