Castries, Saint Lucia: Taiwan Embassy in Saint Lucia has recently shared an update regarding the generosity of the Taiwanese Government. The latest aid package comes in the form of a gifted 20ft container containing health amenities.
As per the latest update, the much-needed supplies were on March 21, 2023, handed over jointly to officials of the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment and the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Equity Irene Gaspard sincerely thanked the Taiwanese Government for the timely supplies and stated that the donation would assist the Ministry in further helping the most vulnerable and differently-abled in society.
“We recognize that today’s gesture by the Taiwanese Government is not only of value to this country but greatly complements the Government’s current efforts and is very timely. Today’s donation will enable both the Ministry and Health to respond to the needs of persons living with disability in a much more sustainable manner,”
Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Peter Chen, stressed the significance of the donation, noting that it symbolizes Taiwan’s continued commitment to the collaboration and partnership between the two governments and their people.
“On behalf of the Government of Taiwan, I am extremely happy to hand over 465 mobility assistant devices, including wheelchairs, steel folding commode chairs and single arm walkers. This donation not only demonstrates the continued support of the Taiwanese Government, but it is also conveying love and care from the people of Taiwan,” Chen stated.
Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Moses Jn Baptiste thanked and thanked the Government of Saint Lucia for the kind and significant gesture.
“I am happy to be here this morning to represent the Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs and the Government of Saint Lucia to thank the people of Taiwan and Ambassador Peter Chen and his whole team for working with us. Indeed, the amount of 465 is a significant donation. Significant not only because they are needed but because this donation targets the most vulnerable,” noted the Minister.
In 2014 the Equity Ministry implemented a Disability Grant Program targeting children with disabilities up to the age of 21.