On Nov 1st, 2016, Dr. Ri-Qing Lian, Adjunct Professor of Institute of Environmental Health, CPH, NTU and Associate Professor Kun-Hsien Tsai, representing Malaria Control Project Team of Embassy of Taiwan in São Tomé and Príncipe, received the “Medal of Diplomacy” and “Friend of Foreign Affairs Medal” granted by Minister David Ta-wei Lee. The medals are to express and acknowledge the outstanding contribution Dr. Lian and the Malaria Control Project Team have made to the international medical aids of Taiwan. Many faculty members and students of NTU CPH also attended the ceremony to celebrate the honor.
According to the newest findings from NTU CPH, since the No.6 Naptha Cracking Complex in Yunlin County began operating in 1999, the children living near the area are found to have higher risks of developing allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and asthma. The nearby inhabitants are also being exposed to higher concentration of sulfur dioxide (SO2). This research study has recently been published on Environmental International. NTU CPH held a press conference on Nov. 13th, with Professor Chang-Fu Wu being the moderator, Professor Wei-J. Chen introducing the topic and presenter, Professor Chang-Chuan Chan presenting the research results, and Professor Ben-Jei Tsuang and Dr. Jien-Wen Chien being the commentators.