Expert blames dengue crisis in Tainan on bad leadership
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.