Wang Zeyao, chief physician of Beirong, and Yang Shujuan, nurse, went to Turkey to participate in the rescue operation.

(The picture is provided by Beirong)

[Reporter Lin Huiqin/Report from Taipei] At 4:17 a.m. local time on the 6th, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 occurred at the junction of southern Turkey and northern Syria, with a focal depth of 17.9 kilometers. It was the largest earthquake in the region in a century. According to official statistics, Turkey In total, more than 4,000 people have died in Syria.

The Taipei City Search and Rescue Team supported 30 people, including one medical staff from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Li Weiqiang, the vice president of the hospital, said today that they were all passionate medical staff who voluntarily went there, and it took only 5 hours from receiving the message to leaving.

Li Weiqiang pointed out that the doctors and nurses who went to Turkey to participate in the rescue of Beirong were all members of the emergency department. They were the attending physician Wang Zeyao and the nurse Yang Shujuan. After the departure, it is really "urgent like a law". It is expected to mainly cooperate with the local injured patients, and I have reminded myself to pay attention to my own safety.

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Li Weiqiang, who participated in the 921 earthquake relief operation, believes that the Turkish earthquake will be more serious than expected. In addition to the early morning, people are indoors and there is no time to escape. The structure of the house will also be affected, and aftershocks continue. In severe freezing weather, it will increase the difficulty of rescue.

Taipei Veterans Affairs National Medical Center is a hospital responsible for severe emergencies, and it is also the last-line emergency hospital responsible for radiation disasters and chemical disasters in northern Taiwan. In order to strive for excellence, the Department of Disaster Medicine was officially established at the end of 2017. In 2019, it signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Taipei Fire Department. In the past, it participated in the rescue work of the South Asian tsunami, Haiti and Sichuan earthquakes.