∣ Taitung Hospital Ophthalmology International Medical Free Clinic takes the first step in remote communication medical care  ∣
28 Novermber 2023
The Taitung Hospital Ophthalmology Action Team of the Ministry of Health and Welfare participated in the international free clinic in Rotary International 3523 earlier this month and went to Nepal 3,700 kilometers away. They saw 600 patients in just 2 days. Ophthalmologist Xie Jingru opened the first hospital in Nepal late at night on the second day. An electronic ophthalmic medical record is the first step towards the possibility of remote communication medical treatment in the future.
The location of the international free clinic is Damauli small-scale hospital in Beas Town, Gandaki Province, Nepal. 20 doctors from various specialties and a volunteer group of 60 people from Taiwan attracted attention. On the first day, there were long queues at the entrance of the clinic and in the square in front. The team used The latest "mobile ophthalmology smart medical facility" in the eastern part of the country has optometrists conducting optometry examinations and distributing caring glasses, ophthalmologists holding slit lamps and fundus photography for diagnosis and treatment, and back-end ophthalmology technicians providing eye medicine education to the public. We cant stand the continuous influx of people.
The situation remained the same the next day. Lai Meifang, an optometrist from Bundong, finally left the clinic and looked at the temporary scaffoldings erected in the square and the crowds of people. Tears welled up in her eyes. She said that it was a lively scene like a garden party, but the difference was that everyone was not here to have fun but to see a doctor. Thinking of the scene at that time, she still wants to cry.
Among the patients who sought treatment was a school principal, Laxman Tamrakar, whose vision was reduced to 0.01 in his left eye and 0.1 in his right eye due to worsening diabetes. This is equivalent to total blindness in both eyes and he can only see light and shadow. Xie Jingru has seen many visually impaired patients and bluntly said this A principal in Taiwan has long been eligible to receive a visually impaired handbook, but the principal said, "While his eyes were deteriorating, he could no longer care about school affairs, so he had to hire someone else to temporarily act for him. However, he still wanted to teach mathematics for another 7 years and complete his 30-year teaching career." "Ideal" moved Xie Jingru very much.
After returning to China, Xie Jingru contacted Laxman through connections, hoping to understand why the principal who could not even recognize mathematical symbols wanted to continue teaching. Laxman replied calmly, "Education is everything (education changes life)." The case of the principal Xie Jingru volunteered to work overnight on the last day of the free clinic to create the first electronic medical record in Nepal.
He Yitao, chairman of the Association for the Love of Blindness of the Republic of China, who was also at the free clinic, said that in Taiwan, which has developed medical conditions, electronic medical records have been in circulation for nearly 10 years, but in Nepal they have not yet started. Electronic medical records can bring telemedicine to Nepalese eye patients. The possibility is one of the greatest contributions of medical technology to mankind.