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Taiwan News Quick Take

DIPLOMACY

Personnel changes at MOFA

The Presidential Office yesterday issued a presidential order on a personnel reshuffle at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with job changes for Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡) and Representative to the UK Katherine Chang (張小月). National Security Bureau adviser Tung Kuo-yu (董國猷), a former deputy representative to the US, will replace Shen as the deputy minister, while Chang will become representative to Australia, replacing Gary Lin (林松煥). The presidential order confirmed speculation that circulated earlier this month about the removal of Shen, which Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) denied on Oct. 4.

HEALTH

More myopic first-graders

One in five first-graders in the country are nearsighted, according to the results of a survey released on World Sight Day, which falls on the second Thursday of October. The number of first-graders with poor eyesight is on the rise, said the Bureau of Health Promotion, which began commissioning the nationwide survey — which is compiled every five years — in the 1980s. While only 3 percent of children were diagnosed with nearsightedness in 1986, 21.5 percent were last year, raising concern among doctors and healthcare workers. Not only are more children suffering from the condition, but it is also occurring at a younger age and to a higher degree, said Lin Long-kuang (林隆光), an eye doctor at National Taiwan University Hospital. Prolonged close-vision activities such as watching the television and playing computer games are the main causes for the increase in cases of myopia among children, the bureau said in a press release.

Staff Writer, with CNA

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