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Monday, March 13, 2006

WHO disseminates FALSE bird flu info

When the deadly avian flu is spreading across the globe, what would you guess is the rule of thumb of disease reporting for WHO officials? I know not everyone in Taiwan feels the immediate threat of bird flu, as insofar Taiwan has not reported any H5N1 cases among either poultry or humans. But please, my fellow people, access to the following link and you'll be shocked by how the Communist China's diplomatic force is clouding over the reality.

Taipei Times' coverage on WHO's misleading health mapping

Although Taiwan does not have any cases of H5N1 infections, it is classified as a H5N1-affected area because the WHO regards Taiwan as a province of China, where both poultry and human bird flu cases have been reported. How sad is that? When Taiwan is fulfilling all the duties as a good global citizen to prevent the spreading of avian flu, the organization which should report ACCURATE (?!) health information to the world has succumbed its sacred mission to the CCP's political demand. One word from Jen to the WHO officials: what you have done is an outright insult to your own authority!

Apart from the sense of urgency that I felt about Taiwan's isolation in the international community, I'm also disappointed about Taiwan's diplomatic system. I know it is a damn hard job to speak up for Taiwan, when most countries in the world simply want to capitalize on both sides. The Taiwan government needs to recruit/cultivate a lot more talents who is not only intelligent enough to maneuver on a negotiation table, but also has the integrity to defend/protect Taiwan's dignity under all pressure and/or seduction of personal interests.


Anonymous Kanwa-Kyudai said...

This map presented by WHO is not scientific.

The risk of bird flu is not proportional to the area of a country. Instead, I'd like to suggest that WHO puts small dots on their map to indicate areas where bird flu occurred. WHO should become more scientific, not political.

If I were a Russian, I'd have surely gotten a bit anger to see such a large country colored in red from end to end. Of course, some Russian might be happy with their vast land all in communist red!

The point is how every country is working on the deadly disease respectively. The difference in the political and social systems of Taiwan/PRC is a very important factor when you'd like to know which of the two countries is safer with regard to bird flu.

I thing this is one of the reasons why Taiwan must not be colored in red politically. FIFA might be much more scientific than WHO which employs many scientists in it. Please stop joking!

5:58 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger Vincent said...

Thanks to everyone's effor! WHO has corrected its map. Hope WHO won't make such an insane mistake again!

12:56 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Kanwa-Kyudai said...

I'm glad to hear the good news. Although the action taken by those American politicians is political, the result is very scientific. The PRC might counter-attack by saying, " Our friends, you are too healthy to join the WHO!" Sorry, just joking. BTW I'm happy if you could show the link to the map again. Thank you.

5:12 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...

Hi Kanwa-Kyudai,

Here's the link to WHO Health Mapping. I am so glad that they woke up to their senses and ammended it.

6:09 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...


Search for the disease avian influzenza.

6:11 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Kanwa-Kyudai said...


Thank you very much for your quick reply. I've just checked the map to make it sure. I hope that the bird flu won't spread anymore in any countries.

9:03 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Joseph Chen said...

this is a great blog. love it. pls keep going:)

6:59 PM, March 20, 2006  

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