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Taiwan forms command center to combat dengue fever

Taiwan forms command center to combat dengue fever

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwan formed a central command center Monday to upgrade its fight against dengue fever, after the number of cases of the disease in Kaohsiung surpassed 1,000 that day. Sun Lih-chyun (???), spokesman of the Executive Yuan, said that Vice Premier Chang Shan-cheng (???) will be in charge of the command center and that it will hold its first meeting the following day. Sun noted that Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???), upon being briefed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare on the latest developments in the dengue fever outbreak earlier Monday, said that if the number of cases reaches 10,000 nationwide or 1,000 in Kaohsiung, a central command center would be formed immediately to deter the spread of the disease. Sun dismissed media reports that the formation of the command center means that the central government is taking over from local governments. "The Executive Yuan is not taking over from the local governments. A lot of work still has to be carried out by the local governments on the frontline," Sun said. Sun said that instead, the Executive Yuan will coordinate the battle against the disease, pooling inter-agency resources of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Administration of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of National Defense. Taiwan has formed a command center to combat dengue fever twice in the past, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. In a related development, former Centers for Disease Control Director-General Su Ih-jen (???), said that if the number of dengue fever cases can be controlled within 30,000, the efforts will be considered a success. Taiwan has reported 9,566 cases of dengue fever since May, with 98.35 percent reported in Tainan and Kaohsiung, both in southern Taiwan. The Executive Yuan said recently that the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease could reach its peak at the end of October, by which time between 30,000 and 37,000 cases could have been reported. (By Tang Pei-chun, Lunag Pei-ning and Liilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:40 GMT+08:00