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Taipei, June 11 (CNA) Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) opened an international workshop on the prevention and control of tuberculosis in Taipei on Monday to share Taiwan’s experience in addressing the disease with other countries in the region.
The workshop, which runs through July 6, is being held exclusively for government officials and medical personnel from nations targeted by Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, including 26 from Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, the CDC said in a statement.
Initiated by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the New Southbound Policy seeks to strengthening relations with Southeast and South Asian nations, Australia and New Zealand.
The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 10 million people with tuberculosis across the world, and 64 percent of them live in Southeast Asian and western Pacific regions where most New Southbound Policy target countries are located, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said in the statement.
The number of patients with tuberculosis in Taiwan has steadily declined over the years and fell to 9,759 last year thanks to a series of measures taken by the government, such as the implementation of the Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS) program, Lo noted.
The treatment success rate for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Taiwan was 82.4 percent in 2016, far higher than the 52 percent recorded by the WHO for the same year, he said.
The CDC has arranged a series of activities during the workshop that will give attendees to get a better understanding of Taiwan’s efforts to prevent and control tuberculosis through the integration of public and private resources, Lo said.
(By Chen Wei-ting and Romulo Huang)