By: Chen Wei-ting, Tai Ya-chen, Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 9 (CNA) The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Monday it has confirmed in a letter to
the World Health Organization (WHO) that Taiwan will participate in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva as an observer.
The ministry said Taiwan’s Health Minister-designate Lin Tsou-yen (林奏延) will attend the meeting, stressing that Taiwan’s absence from the WHA would not only hurt the health rights of Taiwan’s people but also represent a loss for the world.
It described Taiwan in the letter as an active participant in the WHA that can contribute greatly to the world’s leading health organization given its experience and abilities in the medical and health care area.
The ministry was replying to an invitation from the WHO to Minister of Health and Welfare Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) dated May 6, in which WHO Director-General Margaret Chan invited him to attend the May 23-28 meeting in Geneva. [FULL STORY]