Taiwan announces US$800,000 donation to hospital in Ukraine's Lviv

05/21/2022 11:28 AM
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei. CNA file photo
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei. CNA file photo

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has decided to donate US$800,000 to a hospital in Ukraine's western city Lviv, where intensified attacks by Russia has led to massive civilian casualties.

In a statement released Friday, the MOFA said after taking into account the losses suffered by Lviv, the ministry announced the latest donation to the Lviv Territorial Medical Union's Multidisciplinary Clinical Hospital of Emergency & Intensive Care.

The latest batch of donation to the hospital mentioned above pushed up the MOFA's total donations to Ukraine's hospitals to US$5.8 million, the ministry said.

On April 22, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced a donation of US$5 million to six hospitals in Ukraine as financial relief to help the country boost its medical care capacity and save more lives in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine launched on Feb. 24.

In response to Wu's announcement, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko expressed his appreciation for the donation and called the ongoing war a fight to safeguard democratic values and freedom.

According to the MOFA, the six hospitals covered by the April donation include Ministry of Health Ukraine's National Children's Specialized Hospital "OHMATDYT" (US$1 million), the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (US$800,000), and Mykolaiv City Children's Hospital (US$800,000).

The other three hospitals are Kharkiv Urgent Surgery Institute, (US$800,000), the State Institute of Heart of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (US$800,000) and Zaporizhshia Regional Clinical Children's Hospital (US$800,000), the ministry said.

It added that OHMATDYT is the largest children's hospital in Ukraine; the State Institute of Heart has helped about 5,000 patients recover since the war broke out; Lviv Territorial Medical Union's Multidisciplinary Clinical Hospital of Emergency & Intensive Care is responsible for taking care of patients sent from the frontline everyday amid Russia's attacks.

The MOFA added Zaporizhshia Regional Clinical Children's Hospital needs financial aid to buy medical equipment to help a great number of suffering children in the war, while other Ukrainian hospitals have also been in need of financial relief.

The donations from Taiwan to Ukraine are simply like a warm winter for the Ukrainian people who have been affected by the war, so many Ukrainian medical staffers have expressed gratitude for Taiwanese people's kindness and even produced videos to let them have a better understanding of the medical situation in their country, the MOFA said.

It added that the donations from Taiwan to these Ukrainian hospitals showed "Taiwan can help" and "Taiwan is helping."

Taipei has long urged the international community to give necessary support to the Ukrainian people who are eager to rebuild their homes and have their lives return to normal, emphasizing that life is priceless and medical care has no boundaries.

(By Matt Yu and Frances Huang)


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