Emerging infectious diseases, COVID-19 was spreading rapidly around the world because of the ease of international transportation. , COVID-19 , first emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 and has since been classified as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused a global pandemic. Taiwan also suffered from this pandemic. Taiwan had tested a total of 42,315 persons showing 380 confirmed cases, of which 54 have been indigenous, 326 imported and five deaths; 80 people had been released from hospital after testing negative.
But Taiwan quickly controlled the virus even though its proximity to China. The reason? Few months’ back mysterious pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, China. On 20th January 2020, lead by Vice President Dr. Chen Chien-jen, himself a well respected epidemiologist, and by Dr. Shi-Chung Chen was formed Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). It was tested among people returning from the epidemic area or symptomatic patients with relevant travel history.
Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), Taiwan executed active plans with reference to border quarantine measures, including onboard quarantine, fever screening, health declarations, and a 14-day home quarantine for passengers arriving from nations it has listed under the Level 3 Warning. Taiwan also established an electronic system for entry quarantine, which allows passengers with a local mobile phone number to fill in health information using a mobile phone. A health declaration pass will then be sent to them as a text message. Through National Health Insurance (NHI) card govt get alert notification to possible cases and prevent community transmission.
Meanwhile, 50 regional hospitals and medical centres and 167 community hospitals and clinics set up for special wards and areas where patients are kept in isolation & treated individually in these wards. Since 24th January 2020, Taiwan has banned the export of surgical masks & expanded domestic mask production to more efficiently allocate masks. As of 6th April 2020, there are only 373 cases in Taiwan. Taiwan already blocked the entry of people from China before the conditions were worsen, and cooperated with medical experts.
The government of Taiwan educated the public by asking television and radio stations to broadcast hourly public service announcements on how the virus is spread, the importance of washing hands properly, and when to wear a mask.
So, the world could learn from Taiwan’s COVID-19 prevention measures and abstain from making decisions based on political calculation, every nation should prioritize citizens’ health and take preventive measures to fight against COVID-19.