Incorporate epidemic-prevention collaboration into new southbound policy: premier

  • Date: 2016-06-23
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Epidemic  prevention  and  related  collaboration  must  be  incorporated  into  the  new  southbound  policy,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  at  today’s  Cabinet  meeting.

Noting  that  Taiwan  has  collaborated  with  Southeast  Asian  nations  on  epidemic  prevention,  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare  (MOHW)  stated  that  it  and  other  ministries  will  build  on  this  foundation  to  facilitate  the  new  southbound  policy’s  implementation.

In  light  of  climate  change  and  Taiwan’s  frequent  interaction  with  other  countries,  it  is  very  important  that  the  nation  thoroughly  implement  epidemic-prevention  measures,  the  premier  emphasized.  Epidemic  prevention  does  not  stop  at  the  nation’s  borders,  particularly  given  that  Taiwan  is  an  open  economy,  he  pointed  out.  Hence  the  administration  will  strive  to  strengthen  international  cooperation  in  epidemic  prevention  while  also  promoting  Taiwan’s  relevant  achievements  internationally.  

Lin  made  these  remarks  after  the  MOHW’s  update  on  the  nation’s  prevention  of  major  infectious  diseases.  So  far  this  year  Taiwan  has  not  been  severely  affected  by  such  infectious  diseases  as  enterovirus,  dengue  fever  and  Zika  virus,  the  ministry  reported.  It  expressed  gratitude  for  the  nationwide  collaboration  between  frontline  epidemic-prevention  personnel,  local  governments  and  related  ministries  and  agencies.  However,  the  ministry  emphasized  that  epidemics  are  unpredictable  and  that  prevention  units  will  remain  vigilant.