Ex­pert blames dengue cri­sis in Tainan on bad lead­er­ship

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Tainan City gov­ern­ment's method to com­bat the es­ca­lat­ing dengue fever out­break by in­dis­crim­i­nately us­ing in­sec­ti­cide spray, with­out tak­ing the en­vi­ron­ment into con­sid­er­a­tion, is con­sid­ered a fail­ure in cri­sis man­age­ment by an ex­pe­ri­enced public health ex­pert.

Hsia Wei-tai, a re­tired re­searcher of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC), told the press that last year when Tainan was fac­ing a se­vere dengue fever out­break, public health per­son­nel had warned the Tainan City gov­ern­ment about the pos­si­ble re­turn of the dis­ease ev­ery sum­mer.

CDC sta­tis­tics showed that from May 1 to Aug. 29, a to­tal of 3,296 dengue fever cases were re­ported in Tai­wan, of which 2,872 cases were re­ported in Tainan, 367 in Kaoh­si­ung, and scat­tered cases in other parts of the is­land. The epi­demic in south­ern Tai­wan this sum­mer is worse than that of last year.

Hsia said that the ef­forts to com­bat the dis­ease, mainly by us­ing in­sec­ti­cide spray, did not seem to have achieved much ef­fect, with more new cases re­ported over the past week.

He at­trib­uted the prob­lem to a lack of ex­per­tise and com­pe­tent lead­ers who can map out strate­gies and guide­lines.

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