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Taiwan: NCDR Reorganized to Boost Disaster Prevention


The ROC Legislative Yuan has passed laws reorganizing the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) to become an administrative institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology, in a move to strengthen real-time reporting from risk areas and decision-making, the NCDR said May 6. The reorganized NCDR will introduce R&D technologies to improve disaster management efficiency and play a larger role in integrating disaster and emergency information to assist central and local government decision-making.
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Taiwan: Maggots? Zwitterions? New products enter the ever-evolving first-aid kit


Taipei: In the quest to ease the transition from wounded to healed, the art of treating wounds has entered an innovative phase, the latest development in which Taiwanese researchers presented a porous dressing they say works faster than commercially available products. The porous quality of the material allows wounds to breathe, while the addition of an element they call zwitterions wicks bacteria and dried blood away from the wound site instead of allowing it to collect as it does with conventional bandaging. Bacteria-laden bandages, browning from blood stains, are fading into the past, and a product called WoundSeal hopes to eliminate the
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Taiwan: Military Prepares to provide Rescue Assistance


Taipei: The military said July 21 it has opened an emergency center and mobilized thousands of servicemen to be ready for disaster relief operations after a sea warning was issued on July 21 afternoon for the approaching Typhoon Matmo.\r\nMore than 47,000 servicemen have been placed on standby to provide relief and rescue assistance as needed, along with 22 helicopters, one transport plane, six AAV-7 amphibious assault vehicles and four V-150 commandos ready for deployment, the Ministry of National Defense said.
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Taiwan: Cross-Strait marine rescue drill held


Fuzhou: Both sides of the Taiwan Strait sent marine search and rescue personnel and fleets for a joint drill on 07 August, the first such exercise to be held in open waters in the north of the Strait. The drill was carried out in response to an emergency scenario in which a passenger liner collides with a cargo ship, leaving 5 people missing and 10 passengers injured. More than 550 rescuers, 33 vessels and 4 helicopters were mobilized for the drill. Half of the personnel were from Taiwan, which also sent 6 search boats, 4 patrol vessels and 2 helicopters.\r\nZhi Guanglu, deputy director of the China Marine Rescue Coordination Center (China MR
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Taiwan: Foundation Raises Problem of Patients Kept Waiting in ER


Hospitals prefer to treat patients with minor conditions or those needing expensive surgeries, a foundation for health reform said. It is estimated that more than 3,700 people with first-degree injuries each year are stuck in emergency units for 2 days before they are transferred to inpatient beds in hospitals, the Taiwan Health Reform Foundation said on April 15. That figure is 5 times the time needed for an Australian hospital to make the same transfer, the foundation said.Foundation CEO Joanne Liu said all 3 problems could be traced back to one factor: hospitals’ preference to treat patients with minor conditions due to staff sh
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