Midwifery clinic closed
Taipei County health authorities yesterday shut down a midwifery clinic in Sinjhuang (新莊) for six months over the death of a baby. The owner of the Yung Hsin Midwifery Clinic, Tsai Sha-ning (蔡紗寧), will be charged with "professional negligence leading to death," Bureau of Health officials said. They said a baby boy, born at 4:45am on Sept. 8 began to turn pale 15 minutes after birth. The clinic staff "monitored" the baby until 6:50am, by which time his skin had turned cold and secretions were flowing from his nose and mouth. The staff attempted first aid before sending the baby to Taipei Hospital at 7:16am, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Officials said the staff did not contact a doctor or properly record the baby's vital signs in the two hours that they were "monitoring" him.
Tainted fish found
The Fisheries Administration said yesterday that it had found traces of a cancer-linked chemical in fish from fish farms in two southern counties, two weeks after an investigation at a Hong Kong supermarket turned up the substance in fish imported from Taiwan. The chemical, malachite green, is used to treat fungal infections in fish. Fisheries Administration Director Hsieh Ta-wen (謝大文) said tests at Taipei markets of green grouper fish from farms in Tainan and Pingtung counties turned up traces of the chemical. He said malachite green was found in one sample out of the 36 samples investigated, and residues of the chemical in 14 other samples. The residues might have been the result of contamination from other sources, Hsieh said, echoing the official response to the earlier report from Hong Kong.
Ho drops committee seat
Indicted Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ho Chih-hui (何智輝) yesterday said he will not remain on the legislature's Judicial Committee this session to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest. Ho said that although he had discussed his decision with KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Wednesday night, the decision was voluntary and had nothing to do with Ma. The Taipei mayor had expressed opposition to Ho's initial plan to stay on the committee. Ho was one of the committee's three convenors during the last legislative session. KMT caucus whip Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) has called on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers encountering similar situations to follow suit, but he didn't name names. Meanwhile, the KMT caucus confirmed yesterday that former People First Party (PFP) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) had joined its caucus operations as an independent lawmaker.
Greater tolerance urged
Civic groups gathered yesterday to discuss problems often found in single-parent families and families of convicted criminals. The conference was sponsored by the Red Heart Association, an organization committed to helping broken families. The association called for greater acceptance by society of these families. According to the association's figures, most of these families face economic problems as well as societal pressure. A survey of single-parent children showed that most respondents yearned for a happy and stable family and social acceptance. Society must care for, help and accept these families, the association said.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb