Taipei, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has asked World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to let Taiwan help stop the spread of Ebola, an issue that he brought up on a social media platform the day before, according to MOFA on Friday.
Ghebreyesus posted on his Twitter account on Thursday that the "Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo required scaling up international efforts to stop it.
MOFA retweeted the post on Friday and added its own message, citing Taiwan's experience with fighting the disease.
"Taiwan fought Ebola in 2014 in West Africa. It runs an Asia Pacific infectious diseases training center and virus workshops with the U.S. under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework," the tweet read.
The ministry ended with a direct call to Ghebreyesus to let Taiwan help, noting that there is no time for China's political agenda.
This was the latest effort by Taiwan to have its voice heard on global health matters even after it has been blocked by Beijing, for the second year in a row, from attending the World Health Assembly.
The deadline to register for this year's meeting, which opens in Geneva on Monday, has passed with Taipei not receiving an invitation.
Taiwan plans to send a delegation to Geneva nonetheless and hold bilateral exchanges with other countries on the sidelines of the meeting.
MOFA's tweet is the latest move in Taiwan's attempt to participate in the World Health Organization's international initiatives to combat diseases and provide quality health care.
Taiwan has also asked its allies to voice support for the WHO to let Taiwan participate in the meeting.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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