18 nations take part in medical seminar

Lab experts from 18 other nations have been in Taiwan for a seminar on fighting three infectious diseases. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday.

The seminar took place under the US-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework forged in 2015. The framework provides for international exchanges in various areas including public health, education, environmental issues and the sharing of technology.

The latest seminar, the fourth to be held under the framework, focused on three common mosquito-borne diseases: dengue, Zika and chikungunya. The CDC said it shared for the first time its three-in-one diagnosis technology to identify the presence and strength of the virus within a single day. CDC Director Chou Jih-haw explains.

"Domestically, we have already developed this technology to a decent level. So in partnership with the US we invited 18 partner nations to study this together" Chou said. "We are also happy to instruct others in the use of our technology. This is something we had hoped to do, to be able to make a contribution to world health."

Some 35 lab experts from 18 nations took part in the seminar. These included many of the nations with which Taiwan is seeking closer ties as part of the government's New Southbound policy.

"Of the 18 nations attending, 15 are covered by the New Southbound policy," said CDC Director Chou Jih-haw. "Our cooperation with them will not finish after today. Rather, we will continue to stay in close contact and we will be ready to exchange experience as and when it is needed."

The New Southbound policy includes nations in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Source: Radio Taiwan International