Taiwan supported to participating in WHO activities
Updated: 2006-05-23 10:48
Chinese Health Minister Gao Qiang said here on Monday that the Chinese
government will continue its support for Taiwan compatriots to participate in
technical activities of the World Health Organization (WHO).
"We support experts from Taiwan to
participate in the WHO's technical activities, and help the Taiwan region
receive timely and accurate international information and technical assistance
to health," Gao told the 59th World Health Assembly (WHA).
Chinese Minister of Health Gao
Qiang is seen during the World Health Organisation (WHO) annual assembly
on the opening day of the meeting in Geneva May 17. China has signed an
agreement with the UN health agency to allow technical cooperation with
Taiwan, health minister Gao Qiang said.
"We are determined to do, and do well, all the things that will benefit the
health and well-being of the Taiwan compatriots," the minister said at the
annual conference, which was attended by all 192 members of the WHO.
Gao recalled that last May a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between
China and the WHO to assist health experts from Taiwan to participate in WHO's
In accordance with the MOU, the WHO can invite health experts from Taiwan to
participate in its technical activities, and send staff and experts to Taiwan to
investigate the situation of health or epidemics and provide technical health
In case severe public health emergencies occur in Taiwan province, the WHO
can also send staff and experts to Taiwan for field visits, and to provide
technical health assistance.
"Facts have proved that with the implementation of the MOU, very favorable
conditions have been created for effectively engaging Taiwan medical and health
experts in technical activities of the WHO, technical exchanges, and the
acquisition of medical and health information, etc.," Gao said.
He noted that since the MOU was signed, 10 batches of experts from the Taiwan
region, or 18 persons, had participated in WHO technical activities, covering
many specialties of health.
"We will energetically and conscientiously implement the MOU, and help health
experts from Taiwan conduct more technical exchanges with the WHO," Gao