NEARLY 500 INJURED:The Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office seized equipment and other evidence, while police questioned five people. New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu said there was no date set for park operations to resume
Date: Jun 29, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter, with CNA
The Ministry of Health and Welfare has activated its emergency response mechanism
following the nation’s worst amusement park disaster, in which a fire broke out at New Taipei City’s Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) water park on Saturday night, leaving nearly 500 people injured.
“The ministry has activated an emergency medical case management system to allow hospitals to report information and conditions of patients they have treated,” Department of Medical Affairs Director Wang Tsung-hsi (王宗曦) said yesterday.
Wang said the agency has also requested the health bureaus in Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung and Taoyuan — as well as all hospitals, burn wards and intensive care units in these cities — to prepare for more people in need of treatment.
Due to the potential need for skin grafts, the ministry has collaborated with the Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center, the Taiwan Society of Plastic Surgery and other organizations specializing in burns to transport skin donations from the nation’s south, Wang said. [FULL STORY]