【二官語新聞】無痛雙語 臺南市政府衛生局推出中英雙語藥事手指書Tainan City's Public Health Bureau Launches Bilingual Medicine "Point It Booklet"
Tainan City Government's Public Health Bureau launched the Chinese-English Bilingual Medical Treatment Point It Booklet in 2019. Now, it has unveiled a version for pharmacies to facilitate communication through pointing between foreign visitors who don't speak Chinese and pharmacists. A press conference was held on October 20, 2020, to introduce the soon-to-be-released Chinese-English Bilingual Medicine Point It Booklet, which will eliminate the language barrier between some foreign visitors and pharmacists. The Public Health Bureau undertook the initiative in coordination with the National Development Council's Blueprint for Developing Taiwan into a Bilingual Nation by 2030 and to develop Tainan into an international city. It compiled phrases commonly spoken between foreign visitors and pharmacists and put them on sheets with side-by-side English-Chinese translations that people can point at to convey their needs. The content includes medication instructions, medication warnings, and commonly used phrases between foreign tourists and pharmacists. Foreign visitors simply have to point at the English sentence on the sheet conveying what they want to express while at a hospital or pharmacy, and medical personnel or pharmacists can read the corresponding Chinese translation. The Blueprint for Developing Taiwan into a Bilingual Nation by 2030 calls for using a multipronged approach to transform Taiwan into a bilingual Chinese-English nation before 2030. The strategies for achieving the goal include producing bilingual versions of open government data; offering bilingual services at cultural, educational, and sporting venues; creating bilingual-friendly environments; strengthening the English proficiency of personnel in the financial, business, medical care, and social welfare sectors; and promoting bilingual exchanges as part of youth and cultural activities. Although there has been a steep decline in the number of tourists visiting Taiwan this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Bureau still launched the Chinese-English Bilingual Medicine Point It Booklet this year as scheduled. It hopes that once the epidemic situation improves, foreign visitors will return to Tainan and be able to communicate effortlessly if they feel unwell and need to seek medical treatment.