WHA role normal: minister
Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decisionmaking arm of the WHO, has become normalized, Department of Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) said yesterday. In addition to the nation’s achievements in the field of medicine, which have earned it increased recognition from other WHO members, Taiwan is engaging in more discussions during bilateral talks with other WHO members, Chiu said in Geneva, where he is attending the 66th WHA that opened yesterday. Chiu said that when he attends talks with the health ministers of WHO member-countries, he can feel the importance they attach to Taiwan’s performance in the fields of medicine and health. Meanwhile, more in-depth discussions are being included in such talks, he said. On Sunday, Taiwan’s liaison office in Geneva held a party attended by ministers and vice ministers from 19 of its diplomatic allies. The number of guests was the largest in recent years.
Degree for Paraguay leader
Paraguayan President Luis Federico Franco Gomez received an honorary doctoral degree from Taipei Medical University yesterday in recognition of his efforts to improve public health in the South American country. The doctor-turned-politician said he will continue to enhance healthcare for his people after receiving his degree certificate at a ceremony in Taipei. Franco also said he would continue to promote bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Paraguay, Taipei’s only diplomatic ally in South America. Franco has strengthened measures to prevent dengue fever, set up a specialist heart hospital and ensured the provision of free cervical cancer vaccines for women, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Ko (柯森耀) said at the ceremony.