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The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Thong Chai Institute of Medical Research and Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution (STCMI) and Thong Chai Institute of Medical Research (TCIMR) held their inauguration ceremony of the 118th and 10th term of the Board of Directors on August 15, 2021. It was a privilege to have Minister for Health (MOH) Mr. Ong Ye Kung gracing the ceremony as the Guest of Honour. During the day, Board Chairman Mr. Yeo Eng Koon and Honorary Secretary Mr. Low Theng Whee hosted Minister Ong on a tour of our TCM operations, consultation room, library, herbs store and to glance the century historical corridor on the 3rd floor of the building. Minister Ong was then invited to his seat at the stage of the auditorium hall. After the directors were led to recite their pledge by Chairman Yeo, Mr. Yeo signed in the pledge book in the presence of Minister Ong, and Minister Ong had signed in the book to complete the ceremony.

The new board (STCMI directors: 29 ppl; TCIMR directors: *18 ppl) was officially inaugurated under a round of warm applause. Wishing the new board will bring a new aspiration, creating more success for the well-being of the organization.

In Minister Ong’s address, he mentioned that the MOH is facing a significant challenge in the coming 10 years. As new diseases keep emerging, the new generation tends to pay more attention to a healthy lifestyle. Hence, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) plays a more important role in the future and people have gradually became aware that ‘the disease must be cured in the root’. Minister Ong mentioned the local Covid-19 situation and vaccination progress, and highlighted that Singapore is adopting a step-by-step approach towards reopening the economy. He urged Thong Chai physicians to persuade unvaccinated senior patients to step forward and receive the vaccination. After his speech, Minister Ong wrote penned the words ‘Tong Zhou Gong Ji’ in Chinese calligraphy, which means pulling together to overcome difficulties during this pandemic.

After the ceremony ended, Minister Ong was ushered to the 4th-floor classroom to witness the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between Thong Chai Institute of Medical Research and the Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During Chairman Yeo’s welcome speech, he revealed the Belt and Road Initiative emphasized the boosting of bilateral exchanges on TCM to encourage further development. Thus, he believes the deepening collaboration between TCIMR and Liaoning University will continue to achieve an extraordinary milestone by creating more miracles in healthcare, attract top millennial talent to join TCM sectors, and also promote TCM clinical research. Lu Xiao Dong, the head of Liaoning University was also expressed the TCM will create unique views on the prevention and treatment of diseases during its long history of absorption and innovation, and this will eventually bring value to both nations' people.

 

Minister Ong and Chairman Yeo after the proceedings of the inauguration ceremony

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Minister Ong penned the words “tong zhou gong ji”

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Minister Ong witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Thong Chai Institute of Medical Research and Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Group photo.

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