Taiwanese named to IUHPE
A top Ministry of Health and Welfare official has been named a global vice president of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), a nomination that she said represents Taiwan’s “eventual entry into the global village of health promotion.” It also indicates that Taiwan is playing an ever more important international role, Health Promotion Administration Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) said. She will officially become one of the IUHPE’s 11 global vice presidents during the organization’s triennial conference to be held in Bangkok later this month. Chiou, 50, served as chief of the Taipei City Government’s health department from 2002 to 2003 and is known for her role in helping to contain the outbreak of SARS in the city in the spring of 2003. She also chairs the International Health Promoting Hospitals Network under the WHO.
Farm visit sickens tourists
A group of local tourists suffered food-poisoning symptoms on Sunday afternoon, a day after they had eaten at a leisure farm in Yilan County. About 32 people who had visited Shangrila Leisure Farming sought medical treatment at 3pm on Sunday, suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, Yilan County’s Public Health Bureau said. Most of the victims have now left the hospital. The bureau said it has sent the patients’ blood and stool samples to the health ministry for further testing and has given the farm a deadline to improve its food processing method. Chang Ching-lai (張清來), the person in charge of Shangrila Leisure Farming, visited the hospital on Sunday to see the victims, saying he would pay for their medical treatment and would cooperate with the bureau’s investigation.