The President of the World Medical Association (WMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, on Friday, December 2, 2022, paid a special visit to the President of Taiwan, Her Excellency, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.
During the visit, the WMA President commended the Taiwan Government for putting in place a formidable health system that supports Universal Health Coverage and quality health care delivery to the people of Taiwan.
He lauded the government’s efforts at managing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the government’s support to other countries who were in dire need of some consumables to fight off the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Enabulele urged the government of Taiwan to sustain her efforts in this direction in furtherance of global solidarity.
While acknowledging the active participation of the Taiwan Medical Association in the affairs and activities of the World Medical Association, the WMA President called for the sustenance of the government’s cordial relationship with the Taiwan Medical Association.
He also urged for government’s support for the World Medical Association’s initiatives on Universal Health Coverage and Health System Strengthening, amongst other initiatives.
Earlier in her address, the President of Taiwan, Her Excellency, Dr.Tsai Ing-win, welcomed the WMA President and other members of the WMA Delegation.
In her speech, she praised WMA’s commendable roles in health system strengthening and Universal Health Coverage. She particularly appreciated WMA’s support for Taiwan’s representation in the World Health Organization and the International Health Regulations, and sought the body’s continuous understanding and support in the country’s efforts at strengthening Primary Health Care and promoting the wellbeing of physicians and other health professionals/health care workers.
In the delegation of the WMA President were the Chair of WMA Council, Prof. Ulrich Frank Montgomery, the WMA Secretary General, Dr. Otmar Kloiber, the Honorary President of the Taiwan Medical Association, Prof. Tim Tai-Yuan Chiu, and other members of the Taiwan Medical Association.
The meeting was also attended by top officials of government, including the Taiwan Minister of Health and Welfare, Minister Jui-Yuan Hsueh.
Before the historic visit to Taiwan, the WMA President paid a visit to the Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu were mutually beneficial issues were discussed, particularly as to how they impact on health systems.