New Delhi should support Taipei at WHA: Experts

New Delhi should support Taipei at WHA: Experts

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New Delhi, May 11 : Taiwan is helping India's Covid fight and the country must support Taipei's participation at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) countering 'pressure' from China. This was observed here on Monday by a number of Medical practitioners leading the battle against the pandemic while the country wide death toll heightened to 2206. According to the medicos, if any Government is to be credited with success in containing Covid-19, Taiwan has to be high up on that list and hence should get 'entry' into the May 18-19 WHA in Geneva.

The doctors pointed out that despite having significant people-to-people and business connections with Chinta and being in geographical proximity to Wuhan, Taiwan has been able to contain the spread of the disease to just 440 cases with six deaths. Besides, there has been no total lockdown of Taiwanese economy and society, they maintained. Informatively, Taiwan is kept out of the World Health Organisation (WHO) due to 'pressure' from China , which has contributed to WHO's 'reputation' being China-centric.

"WHO is badly in need of reform, which must include a recognition that Covid-19 is a global pandemic that can only be tackled through genuine cooperation among all international stakeholders. And given Taiwan's experience in tackling the disease, it can surely contribute towards this goal," the doctors opined. In a recent 'pushback,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged WHO director general Tedros Ghebreyesus to invite Taipei to this month's WHA- the decision making body of the WHO- as an observer and asked all nations to support Taiwan's case.

Asked to comment on China-Taiwan 'dual,' Dr Aziz Rehman who also served the Army, said " India should not shy away from supporting Taiwan. The latter's participation at the coming WHA is wholly justified and an important element of WHO reform." Dr Rehman, further said, "China routinely thwarts India diplomatically at UN bodies and international fora. There's also reason to believe that China has, through its opacity, contributed to the spiralling Coronavius which has caused so much suffering in India." The 'view' was echoed in the observation of cardiologist Nilima Jain saying " There is no need to be overly deferential to Beijing and take its side against Taiwan, which is helping India's Covid war and recently donated a million face masks." " If New Delhi is to get itself taken seriously, it must demonstrate that it can stand up and be counted," Dr Jain asserted. (UNI)