On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 20 “Made-in-Taiwan” oxygen concentrators to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City.

The concentrators were part of the donation to the Government of Belize, announced by the Embassy on September 8, 2021. The donation was received by Dr. Adrian Coye, Acting Director of Medical Services, as well as Dr. Evan Hsu of KHMH, and witnessed by Dr. Deysi Mendez, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health & Wellness Belize.

Belize is now facing the third wave and another surge in cases with severe respiratory symptoms due to the variants of the COVID-19. Under these dire circumstances, the Embassy evaluated that “oxygen concentrators” might be one of the most needed equipment for the care of COVID-19 patients, especially at KHMH, where most of the COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. After consultations with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Embassy thereby decided to donate 20 oxygen concentrators to the Hospital directly.

COVID-19 is the most devastating challenge for all of us in the world. Since the virus knows no borders, no one can fight against the virus alone. Taiwan has been standing firm with Belize in the fight against COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, not only donating funds, but also providing medical equipment and materials such as surgical masks, thermometers, ventilators, PCR test kits, rapid tests, nasal swabs, isolation gowns and so on, for safeguarding the safety and health of Belizean doctors, nurses and laboratory staff, who have been strained with a heavy workload of containing COVID-19.

The pandemic brings enormous challenges for both Taiwan and Belize. The Government of Taiwan will continuously collaborate with Belize to develop more resilient healthcare systems in both Taiwan and Belize for saving more precious life of our countries.

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