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The Challenges of Facing the H1N1 in the Taipei Region

by on Tuesday, 29 December 2009 Comments
The speaker talked about the challenges of facing the H1N1 in the Taipei region and how drawing upon previous pandemic experiences helped ensure a successful outcome.

The SARS epidemic of 2003 highlighted the communication difficulties between local government and central government. The command structure was changed in the aftermath of SARS. Under the revised system, the central government operated the command center and local governments executed these commands. This ensured that messages delivered during H1N1 were more consistent.

The government had two phases of dealing with H1N1:
1.Stage of containment – June 2009. Many foreign tourists so hotels used as checkpoints; and
2.Stage of mitigation – September 2009. Coincided with the Deaf Olympics in Taipei. This was at the height of the pandemic. Letters sent to guests.

The 2009 H1N1 campaign was successful because it was simplicity (message was easy to understand), credibility and delivered in a unified voice.
Muh-yong Yen


Director, division for disease control of Taipei DOH