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covered by the legislation. Staff Writer, with CNA

HEALTH

Free Tamiflu ends in April

The Centers for Disease Control yesterday said that as the flu season was past its peak and should continue to weaken, it would stop providing Tamiflu for free starting on April 10. Late last month, the center extended to the end of this month the offer of publicly funded Tamiflu to people with high fever for two consecutive days and those who live with the patient and have developed flu-like symptoms. As temperatures have gradually climbed and the number of reported cases of flu-like symptoms and severe flu has eased, the center said no further extensions of free Tamiflu were expected. However, people belonging to high-risk categories who contract the flu will continue to receive Tamiflu for free, it said.

EMPLOYMENT

Taipower defends actions

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) on Sunday rejected accusations that employment of the state utility’s retired executives by its subsidiaries was illegal. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsiao Ching-tien (蕭景田) on Saturday said that Taipower has for years arranged for its retired executives to be employed as board members or general managers at its subsidiaries. A shortage of talent is the main reason why people close to retirement age are offered employment by its subdiaries, Taipower official Huang Huei-yu (黃惠予) said. Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen--shiang (施顏祥) said that “while the conduct of Taipower is not illegal, it is inappropriate.” It is not a question of legality but a matter of public perception, another ministry official said. The law stipulates that retired public servants cannot receive both a monthly pension and a salary. Taipower is a state-owned firm in which retirees receive one-time lump-sum pension payments and is not

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