Thu, Jul 15, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Health department announces string of new appointments

By Wang Hsiao-wen  /  STAFF REPORTER

Kuo Hsu-sung (郭旭崧), the nation's health representative in Washington, will return home to serve as the new director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in September, Department of Health Director-General Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) announced yesterday.

Chen said the department would benefit from Kuo's contacts in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Taiwan and the US have been talking about a joint AIDS prevention program to help the Republic of Haiti," Chen said.

"With his medical expertise and diplomatic connections, Kuo will play a key role in pushing the program forward and reinforcing Taiwan's cooperation with other countries in medical matters," said Wang Je-chau (王哲超), director of the department's public relations office.

Kuo's appointment was one of a string of new appointments announced yesterday.

Chen said that Chang Wu-shou (張武修), the department's representative in Geneva, will take up the post of director of the International Cooperation Group on Aug. 1.

"Chang has served as a bridge of communication between Tai-wan and World Health Organization officials since 2000 and has contributed to Taiwan's bid to enter the international organization during his stint," Wang said.

Liu Chien-hsiang (劉見祥) will be the chair of the National Health Insurance Bureau from next month.

Liu, the bureau's current vice president and chief operations officer, has been working to improve the controversial system since it was launched in 1995.

"I believe that his understanding of institutional operations is a great advantage," Chen said.

Another new appointee is Chen Tzay-jinn (陳再晉), the former director-general of the CDC, who will take over the department's Commission of Hospital Affairs.

Chen has been involved in the reconstruction of communications across the hospital system after SARS paralyzed parts of the nation's health system last year.

The commission oversees state-run hospitals and aims to enhance the medical services that are provided to the community.

Mary Huang (黃美娜), formerly the director of the Taichung County Government Bureau of Health, will take charge of the department's new Bureau of Nursing and Health Care.

Established after the Legislative Yuan ratified the Organic Law of the Department of Health (行政院衛生署組織法) earlier this month, the bureau will be responsible for promoting women's health, psychiatric treatment, mental health and the expansion of public medical resources into remote areas, including mountainous areas and islands.

"Huang has more than 30 years of experience in public health," Chen said.

"I believe she will do her job well," he said.

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