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Japanese doctors arrive in Taiwan as fire death toll rises to five

Kyodo

Six Japanese medical specialists arrived Sunday in Taiwan to help treat burn victims in last month’s explosion and fire at a water park as the death toll from the accident rose to five.

The six specialists, visiting at the initiative of the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, specialize in critical care, emergency medicine, burn care and plastic surgery.

The Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps said the specialists were recommended by the Association of Medical Doctors in Asia and the Japan Medical Association.

They will not practice medicine during their stay due to restrictions stipulated in the Physician Act, with their activities limited to providing consultations and conducting professional exchanges, the organization said.

They will also attend meetings and discussions at the Ministry of Health and Welfare and visit hospitals before returning to Japan on Friday, it said.

Earlier this month, representatives of two Japanese medical associations visited Taiwan to assess medical needs in the wake of the tragedy.

Meanwhile, the ministry said a 22-year-old man who suffered burns to 90 percent of his body died Sunday, making him the fifth fatality.

The accident occurred at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei on June 27 when colored powder sprayed onto a crowd of partygoers exploded, engulfing them in fire.

The ministry also said the number of victims in intensive care units has decreased to 269, of whom 213 are listed in critical condition.

Apart from the medical experts, medical resources continued to pour in from Japan and other countries.

Taiwan’s Red Cross Society said Sunday that $187,000 worth of artificial skin donated by Japanese high-tech textile maker Gunze Ltd. had arrived.

The materials were donated through the Japanese Red Cross Society, which transported some $741,000 worth of artificial skin to Taiwan about a week ago.