Delegation to leave for WHA meeting tomorrow

Taipei Times
Date: May 17, 2018
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Despite the lack of an official invitation, a Taiwanese delegation is to leave at midnight

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, center, announces at a news conference in Taipei yesterday that he is to lead a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, for the World Health Assembly, even though Taiwan has not received an invitation this year. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

tomorrow for the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday.

The government will work with health and medical associations from around the world to host forums outside the assembly meeting that focus on issues related to antibiotic resistance, dental care for elderly patients and strengthening healthcare systems, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who is to lead the delegation.

The topic of this year’s WHA meeting is universal health coverage and as Taiwan is a world leader in universal health coverage, it us to jointly host with the World Medical Association a forum on the topic, he said.

Chen also responded to a statement by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office yesterday, which said that Taiwan did not receive an invitation because the Democratic Progressive Party government refuses to acknowledge the so-called “1992 consensus,” and accused Taiwan of “playing the sympathy card” to gain support from other nations.    [FULL  STORY]

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