Former Taiwan health minister’s comments about COVID-positive doctor spark outrage

DPP spokesman calls on Yaung Chih-liang to be more empathetic, less political

Yaung Chih-liang

Yaung Chih-liang (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday (Jan. 13) called on former Health Minister Yang Chih-liang (楊志良) to stop sabotaging the nation’s epidemic prevention with irresponsible remarks.

According to media reports, a Taiwanese doctor recently diagnosed with COVID-19 had before his own diagnosis helped to intubate a patient suffering from the disease.

The doctor's diagnosis has prompted speculation that he may have been infected by the patient.

Yang, who served as health minister during former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration, sparked controversy when he said on a talk show that if he were the president of the hospital, he would fire any doctors who did not abide by standard operating procedures during intubations.

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) has stated that all the medical personnel involved in the procedure wore full sets of protective equipment.

DPP Spokesman Liu Kang-yen (劉康彥) said on Wednesday that while citizens and health workers were united in fighting the virus, the former health minister preferred to make untrue and condescending remarks. He called on Yang to be more empathetic and less political, CNA reported.

Updated : 2021-01-21 11:01 GMT+08:00