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Taiwan Quick Take

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■ Health
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.

■ Health

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.

■ Politics

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.

■ Society

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.

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