KMU Professor Attends WHA as NGO Head|WHA視訊會議 高醫教授關皚麗獲邀參與


The World Health Assembly opened on May 18 and Taiwan did not receive an invitation to participate in the virtual conference. However, Kaohsiung Medical University Department of Surgery Professor Kwan Aij-lie was invited in her capacity as president-elect of the International College of Surgeons. She said Taiwan has some of the most advanced surgical technologies in the world and many people are interested in hearing about Taiwan's experience.


This is Kaohsiung Medical University Professor Kwan Aij-lie. She was able to attend this year's virtual World Health Assembly thanks to efforts of the medical and diplomatic sectors over the past decade. As Taiwan holds a leading global position in surgical technology, Kwan was elected to become the next president of the International College of Surgeons. This position at the NGO gave her an invitation to the WHA, allowing her to share Taiwan's experience.

If we weren't able to lean on international surgery organizations, our position would be difficult. Taiwan's (surgical) technologies are really very good.

Twelve years ago, Taiwan was kicked out of the ICS without prior warning. Kwan requested a one-year sabbatical, and spent that year traveling to member states and asking for their support for Taiwan to be invited back. Her hard work paid off, and since then, Taiwan has shared its experiences treating burn victims of the Formosa Fun Coast water park explosion and fire.

That last time that Taiwan received an invitation to attend and speak at the WHA was after the Formosa Fun Coast water park explosion and fire. Many northern hospitals were successful in treating burn victims, so they were invited there to share their experiences. I think that as long as we continue working hard, the situation (of not receiving invitations) will improve.

Kwan said Taiwan shouldn't be too eager to attend the WHA, because that will only increase China's opposition. She added that Taiwan will have the opportunity to attend the WHA as long as its medical technologies continue to shine.



能夠坐在WHA會場內與會,這是關皚麗教授和醫界及外交單位十幾年來努力的成果,台灣因為外科技術在世界具有數一數二的地位,讓我們能以NGO身分加入世界國際外科學會內,分享醫學實務經驗的點滴。

高醫外科教授 關皚麗表示:「我們的情勢,如果不是靠國際外科,是很難的。我們台灣的(外科)技術,真的非常好。」

12年前,台灣曾經一度無預警被踢出世界國際外科學會,關皚麗教授請了一年的長假,飛到各會員國,動之以情並拿出實力證明,台灣才又重新入會,我國也曾經以八仙塵爆燒燙傷病患例子來和國際交流。

高醫整形外科醫生 李書欣表示:「我們上一次台灣到WHA,去被邀請開會說話的是,八仙塵爆的時候,北部醫院燒傷治療裡面很好,所以被邀請到那邊,做經驗的分享。我相信只要我們持續地努力,(被拒入會)狀況會改善
。」

關皚麗建議加入WHA不要操之過急,對岸反而會嚴加防範,只要我們醫學技術舞台持續發光發熱,相信還是有加入WHA的機會。

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