International support at WHA at new high: minister

IRRELEVANT: Former minister of foreign affairs Francisco Ou said that a US$1 million donation to fight Ebola would not help Taiwan’s bid for inclusion in the annual meeting

Taipei Times
Date: May 31, 2018
By: Lee I-chia and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters

Taiwan has received its strongest international support yet at this year’s World Health

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung speaks during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Assembly (WHA) Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday, adding that should the WHO decline the nation’s US$1 million donation to help fight Ebola, at least it has extended its goodwill.

While Taiwan was not invited to the annual WHA for the second consecutive year, its delegation, the “WHA Action Team” led by Chen, flew to Geneva, Switzerland, to protest the nation’s exclusion and engaged in ministerial-level health talks on the sidelines of the meeting.

After the delegation returned home on Saturday last week, its members met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei.

Tsai announced at the meeting that Taiwan would donate US$1 million to the WHO to fight Ebola.    [FULL  STORY]

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