Want China Times
The Taiwan Medical Association and its Japanese counterpart on Thursday signed an
agreement on emergency mutual support in case of disasters that allows medical personnel to give low-level medical treatments in each other’s country under the supervision of the host country.
Su Ching-chuan, president of the Taiwan Medical Association, signed the agreement with Yoshitake Yokokura, president of the Japan Medical Association, at a ceremony at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The medical personnel of the two countries have long hoped for mutual support in emergencies, Su said, adding that after years of negotiations, they have worked out details to put that idea into practice.
Under the agreement, members of a medical team sent from the contracting association are allowed to work under the command and control of the local medical association in the disaster area. The licensed physicians from the dispatch country will be able to execute minimum medical relief work and the activities should be under the direction of the physicians in the recipient country, according to the agreement. [FULL STORY]