SEF chair returns to work
Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) has returned to work following prostate surgery last week. Chiang said yesterday he felt fine and it was a “small problem.” He emphasized, however, that he still needed to return to the hospital for check-ups. The foundation said Chiang discovered benign prostatic hyperplasia (an abnormal increase in the number of cells) during a regular physical check-up and his doctor suggested taking tissue samples.
BNHI to study breast cancer
The Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) will later this month study the feasibility of covering the costs of targeted therapy for early-stage breast cancer under the national health insurance system, a BNHI official said yesterday. Sheen Mao-ting (沈茂庭), a BNHI official in charge of reviewing medical claims, made the comment in response to a call by several legislators for national health insurance to cover this type of treatment. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said that targeted therapy for early-stage breast cancer, which aims to slow the growth of cancer cells, costs 20 times less than the medical bills for treating such cancers if they spread. In many countries, targeted therapies are covered by national health insurance. “Why can’t Taiwan do the same?” she asked. KMT Legislator Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said that the government’s tax revenues from a hike in the health surcharge on cigarettes are expected to be more than NT$20 billion (US$600,000) per year, while the cost of covering targeted medicines for early-stage breast cancer would be only NT$900 million. He said he hoped the BNHI would soon agree to cover the payments for that type of treatment.
Taipei skips repainting
The Taipei City Government yesterday decided not to paint the KMT emblems back on the old east gate of the city, also known as Jinfu Men, after Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City councilors slapped white paint over the blue-and-white emblem. The KMT emblems on two other historical gates — South Gate and Small South Gate — will not be repainted with white and blue colors, either, the Department of Cultural Affairs said. The department was criticized last month for taking advantage of repair work on the three gates to repaint the faded KMT emblems carved on the gates. Teng Wen-tsung (鄧文宗), a division chief at the department, said it decided to follow Article 21 of the Culture Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法), which stipulates that any restoration work on national monuments should be done according to the monument’s original appearance.
Wang presses charges
Despite a lack of evidence, Wang Tzu-hao (王子豪), son of Shiatzy Chen (王陳彩霞), founder of the fashion brand of the same name, has pressed charges against his wife, Taichung County Councilor Wang Chia-chia (王加佳), and the private investigator she hired, for allegedly hacking at him with a knife, a Central News Agency report quoted an official from the Taipei City’s Sungshan Precinct as saying yesterday. Wang Tzu-hao accused his wife of responsibility for last September’s incident, in which an unknown suspect slashed at him in the streets of Taipei City. Wang Tzu-hao said the criminal was a private investigator hired by his wife to spy on him. Wang Chia-chia held a press conference yesterday and denied her husband’s claim.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following