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ROC Health Minister Urges Consistency in Taiwan’s WHO Participation
Taiwan Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta addresses at WHO meetig in Geneva. on May 18 .

The World Health Organization should model its procedures for interacting with Taiwan on those established by the World Health Assembly, Department of Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta said May 18 in Geneva.

"It is a matter of consistency," Chiu said, referring to the WHO use of “Taiwan Province of China” as opposed to “Chinese Taipei,” the country’s WHA moniker, in an internal memo on International Health Regulations last September.

Chiu made the remarks during an address to the WHA in which he outlined the role Taiwan is playing in promoting international health cooperation.

The minister said Taiwan has made great strides in creating a world-class health care system that reflects the changing needs of its users. “In addition, the country’s universal health insurance program, which covers 99 percent of the population, boasts close to 80-percent satisfaction and one of the lowest expenditure rates in the world,” he added.

Taiwan has also notched up significant progress in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, Chiu said, citing the success of public anti-smoking and health and safety campaigns.

Chiu urged more meaningful WHO participation for Taiwan so the country could discuss issues of mutual concern with other participants and share its experience, knowledge and expertise.

“Several WHO participants have shown support for Taiwan’s efforts to expand its participation in the organization,” he said.

The minister also revealed he held bilateral talks with 10 countries on cooperation in disease control and health-related issues. (CNA)




 

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