Posted: Friday, August 6, 2021. 9:46 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Five Belizeans graduated as Operating Room Nurses (ORN) at the Chi Mei Hospital in Taiwan on August 5, 2021.
Viviane Villas, Sheila Dominguez, Lusbei Can, Elvita Choco, and Enelie Alfaro graduated from the Chi Mei Hospital’s first 18-month ORN training program for Belize Health Professionals.
“These nurses’ advanced training offers great reassurance during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken such a toll on our health system,” said the Belize Embassy in ROC-Taiwan.
“The entire country of Belize offers our sincerest congratulations to these brave nurses, and we welcome their contributions to Belize’s healthcare system.”
The Embassy of Belize in Taiwan (ROC) said that in February of 2019, Deputy Superintendent Dr Yu-Feng Tien came with a Taiwanese delegation to Belize to sign the Letter of Intent (LOI) with Belize’s Ministry of Health.
“The basis of the LOI has been the advancement of medical care and engagement in medical technology knowledge and health experts exchanges between Belize and Taiwan,” said the Belize Embassy.
One year later in March of 2020 the five nurses started studying at the Chi Mei Hospital to become Operating Room Nurses. On August 5 they completed their studies with their graduation.
Belize Ambassador to ROC-Taiwan Dr Candice Pitts was present at the commencement exercises.
“These nurses are the first to graduate from this very significant training program between Belize and Taiwan,” Dr Pitts said. “In my conversation with the nurses, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity and indicated how excited they are to return to Belize at the end of August.”
“The program will have another intake of nurses, but the COVID-19 health challenges in both countries will affect and help determine the exact date of that intake,” Ambassador Pitts said.
“This year, Belize and Taiwan celebrate 32 years of friendship. The completion of the first training of our Healthcare professionals is a concrete example of the strength of our bilateral relations and benefits of our cooperation,” noted the Belize Embassy.
Apart from Ambassador Pitts, other dignitaries present at the graduation included H.E. Alexander Yui, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Florencia Hsieh, Director General of Latin America and Caribbean Affairs; H.E. Remus Li-Kou Chen, Taiwan’s previous ambassador to Belize; Dr. Ching-Liang Shih, Vice Minister of Health and Welfare; and healthcare professionals of the Chi Mei Hospital.
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