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Taiwan launches Ebola training course for regional partners

Taiwan launches Ebola training course for regional partners

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Taiwan, in cooperation with the United States, launched a program Wednesday to help train medical personnel in the Asia-Pacific region to combat the Ebola virus, which has taken thousands of lives in West Africa. The program, which is being held at a disease control and prevention center in the southern city of Tainan, brings together medical personnel from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Deputy Foreign Minister Andrew Kao (???) said at the opening ceremony that although no Ebola cases have been reported in Asia, countries in the region still have to pay close attention to the development of the disease and take proper precautions. Taiwan has a well-developed health system and is experienced in combatting pandemics, Kao said, adding that the country is willing to share its experience in that area. The program, in partnership with the U.S., is aimed at training participants from Asia-Pacific countries to become seed medical staff in the region to handle the Ebola disease, which has caused about 10,000 deaths in West Africa. The opening ceremony was also attended by Steve Kuo (???), director-general of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control; Christopher Marut, director of the American Institute in Taiwan's Taipei Office; and Christian Castro, director of the U.S. State Department's Office of Taiwan Coordination. Marut said the training program supports the international Ebola response effort and is just one example of the long history of Taiwan-U.S. cooperation in several areas that include health and science. Taiwan sent two medical experts to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn how to better respond to the Ebola threat, Marut said, adding that the U.S. is now pleased to partner with Taiwan in the effort to contribute to the international response. The training program follows Taiwan's donation of US$1 million to the U.S. CDC Foundation last December for support of the global Ebola response. Taiwan has also donated 100,000 sets of personal protective equipment to Liberia, one of the countries hardest hit by Ebola, Marut said. Last week, Taiwan donated US$125,000 to the Washington-based Pan American Development Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase clinical kits to help boost Latin America's ability to respond effectively to any cases of Ebola, according to Marut. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 07:43 GMT+08:00