WHO Lifts Taiwan's Travel Warning over SARS /世衛取消台灣旅遊警示
The World Health Organization officially announced its decision to lift warning against travel to Taiwan on June 17th, a solid proof of international recognition of Taiwan's SARS prevention effort. With this heartening announcement, celebrations and praying rites or ceremonies were held all over Taiwan in the evening. Mayors of Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung County, and Pingtung County─the three districts belonging to the same regional anti-SARS campaign─invite hundreds of representatives of tourism and medicine to the praying rite in Yuan-heng Temple to join and root for Taiwan.
Mayor Hsieh points out that SARS tested not only our epidemic prevention abilities but also people's love, human nature, and the city's physical health. In Kaohsiung City, class suspension in schools and infection within communities or municipal hospitals were prevented, thanks to the efforts of all institutions, organizations, and individual citizens. Mayor Hsieh also indicates that people's cooperation in the anti-SARS campaign has been rewarded by the effective control and mitigation of the epidemic. SARS teaches us the ever-changing and hardly-foreseeable nature of human life and the importance of cherishing our present good fortune and being kind and loving, Mayor Hsieh says. He believes that sincerity and kindness between individuals can help fend off misfortune and disasters. The cancel of Taiwan travel warning is evidence of our initial victory in the anti-SARS campaign, whose next phase will be to promote commerce and to prosper economy. He also expresses his hope that the nation will greet a whole new future with a heart of confidence, peacefulness, and clarity.
Nevertheless, Mayor Hsieh reminds everyone to keep performing the "Administration of Individual Health", washing hands frequently and taking temperatures, for those are not only necessary for fighting SARS but also good for personal health.