In an act of kindness, Mei Ho University, Taiwan, has donated COVID-19 test kits to the north-eastern state of Mizoram. The first batch of the kits developed by Peptide Cham Biotech Ltd. arrived last week and the second batch of 10,000 kits are expected to reach soon. These kits will help the state check suspected COVID-19 patients.

Earlier, the Taiwan government had donated 1 million surgical masks to India, including Mizoram. This donation from a private university and industry shows that how Taiwanese are concerned about the health of the friendly Indians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mei Ho University was introduced to India by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India (TECC) that acts as a bridge between India and the Universities in Taiwan. The Division will also introduce Mei Ho University to the Mizoram state government for further strengthening educational ties between the two nations. The Mizoram government has thanked Mei Ho University for its kind gesture. The letter said, “I would like to convey gratitude on behalf of the Government of Mizoram to Meiho University, Taiwan for the kind gesture of donating Covid 19 test kits developed by Peptide Cham Biotech Ltdfor use in the state of Mizoram and to ZoGreen Pvt Ltd. for facilitating this thoughtful deed. The test kits shall prove useful at a time when cases of Covid-19 are rising in out state and your generosity is highly appreciated.”

Taiwan’s government and universities successfully fought COVID-19 and continue to make efforts on promoting international collaboration and industrial cooperation.

Peters Chen, Director of Education Division, TECC, said, “ Mei Ho University (MHU), established in 1966, is the first private nursing junior college in Taiwan. For the past 54 years, Meiho has not only produced a great number of excellent nursing professionals, but also endeavoured to strengthen and promote educational and service qualities. Most graduates are able to practice what they have learned in school as well as being acknowledged by the medical field with their expertise and capabilities. We hope, in post-COVID-19 era, there is opportunity to provide certificate courses for young people in Mizoram. By completing the courses, students will be able to acquire professional licenses or certificates in nursing, Basic Life Support (BLS), or Advanced Life Support (ACLS). The tailored programme and scholarships can be conducted through Taiwan Education Centre established in Mizoram in the future.”

Jose Kalathil is a senior journalist based in New Delhi Email: Kalathil.jose@gmail.com


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