The WHO is to hold a workshop in Taipei for the first time since Taiwan was admitted in May as an observer to the world health body's decision-making arm, the World Health Assembly.
Bureau of Health Promotion Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) told a news conference yesterday that the WHO Winter School in Taiwan — Quality Management-Implementation of Health Promotion in Hospital and Health Services — will be held tomorrow and Thursday.
She said the workshop, sponsored by the WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-Based Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Services, based in Copenhagen, will discuss development strategies for health promotion in hospitals, the management of health-promotion services and specific health care cases.
Citing Department of Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang (楊志良), Chiou said health promotion deserves more attention as it will help the country's loss-making national health insurance program.
“By promoting health, we can prevent many serious illnesses, cut costs for surgery and save money for the program,” Chiou said.
Hanne Tonnesen, chief executive officer of the International Health-Promoting Hospital Secretariat, said at the news conference that the more effort a hospital puts into health promotion, the fewer beds it will need.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health said in a press release that hospitals should promote health literature to lower medical care costs.
The department said Taiwan boasts the world's fourth-largest network of health-promoting hospitals, with 55 hospitals accredited by the WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-Based Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health.
Taiwan has also won a bid to host a WHO international health-promoting hospital seminar in 2012, it said.
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