Hospitals nationwide to get more flu clinics: DOH


TAIPEI–The Department of Health (DOH) will increase the number of special influenza clinics nationwide and expand its distribution of antiviral medications in preparation for the predicted peak of the flu season over the Chinese New Year period, according to the results of a DOH meeting held late Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s meeting, Taipei Tri-Service General Hospital announced Wednesday that it would open up special flu clinics seven days a week for patients showing flu symptoms in its various branches across the country.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,200 DOH contracted special flu clinics had been set up in hospitals across the country, as well as 18 flu clinics at DOH hospitals, the department said, stating its goal is to set up 3,000 clinics.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said Wednesday that the DOH will hold a meeting later in the evening with DOH officials from various cities to work toward the goal of setting up more clinics.