Ming-Ju, Wu, Director, Department of Internal Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital
The impact of Covid-19 is being felt by people all over the world. According to United Nations report Millions of people are experiencing untold misery and suffering as the virus overwhelms our bodies and economies. The global community finds itself in an unprecedented situation where parallel threats of health, economic and social crises .While the virus has impacted everyone, it is affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the most. According to WHO, people with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes or cancer, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on their health, revealing how vulnerable they are. The key NCD-specific responses to COVID-19 suggested engaging NCD health-care staff in planning COVID-19 response strategies. Furthermore, the major NCD medical specialty professional society had been statements and guidelines on COVID-19.
Through this forum, the valuable experience of experts in various fields in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 will be systematically collected to propose strategies for strengthen the resilience of Taiwan’s medical system in the post-epidemic era.