Kinmen doctor plans to build free hospital in Belize
Jul 28, 2018MedicalComments Off on Kinmen doctor plans to build free hospital in Belize
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Liu Chao-hui (???), a survivor of the TransAsia Airways crash in Taipei three years ago, who currently practices medicine in Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County, said recently that he plans to build a hospital named "Angel Lisa" in Belize to provide free medical care to local residents.
Liu made the decision after visiting the Central American nation in June, as part of a charity medical mission initiated by his oldest daughter Liu Jui-chi (???) and son-in-law Tao Te-chi (???), he said.
Liu said the future hospital will be named after his youngest daughter Lisa (???) who died from cancer at the age of 18 and always wanted to be a doctor as a young child.
"Belize was love at first sight," he said, recalling the moment he arrived in the country with his daughter and the medical team made up of medical volunteers from Taiwan and the United States.
Liu said the idea for a hospital was first conceived when he met visiting Belize Health Minister Pablo Marin in Taipei in April, when they discussed the possibility of building a hospital to serve the needy in southern Belize, which is generally regarded as one of the poorer regions in the country.
An empty plot of land has already been allocated, but what remains to be resolved is the funding, Liu said.
It takes about US$9 million to build a hospital, he said, adding that he hopes to raise enough funds through charity groups in Taiwan and his own personal contributions.
The hospital will serve the local residents free of charge, he added.
"And should I be unable to accomplish this dream in my lifetime, I hope later generations of my family will strive to keep my daughter's spirit alive," he said.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel