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Taiwanese minister talks with Chinese health official

Staff writer, with CNA, in GENEVA

Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) yesterday met with China’s vice health minister on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.

Chiu told the Central News Agency that his talks with Wang Guoqiang (王國強), vice minister of the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission, touched on the implementation of a cross-strait medical and health cooperation agreement, and potential partnership on communicable disease prevention and control.

They also discussed how to assist China to promote medical reform and improve cross-strait cooperation regarding traditional Chinese medicine, Chiu said.

The medical and health agreement was signed in December 2010 and became effective in June 2011.

The two sides are scheduled to hold a technical meeting in Taipei in September to address issues such as the prevention and control of communicable diseases and emergency medical reporting.

Chiu said that China, which is currently working to overhaul its medical system, takes great interest in Taiwan’s hospital management experience, National Health Insurance program and build-operate-transfer hospital projects.

This is the sixth consecutive year Taiwan has attended the annual meeting of the top decisionmaking body of the WHO as an observer.

Over the past few days, Chiu has held bilateral talks with health officials from more than 40 WHO member states, a significant increase from last year, when talks were arranged with 22 countries.

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