By: Yeh Su-ping and Frances Huang
Taipei, May 26 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Saturday that Taiwan will donate US$1 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight the Ebola virus, even though the country was excluded from the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly, the highest decision making body of the WHO.
Tsai said despite the exclusion from the WHA due to opposition from China, Taiwan is determined to continue its contribution to the world’s health enhancement by donating the funds to combat Ebola, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and Congo.
Eloba, transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of infected people, has become one of the most virulent diseases in the world.
On behalf of Tsai, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) told the press that Taiwan is a health enhancement power in the world so the country is willing to pledge such financial aid to fight Eloba’s spread. [FULL STORY]