Pingtung News
The Breakout of Virus: A Good Care to the Minority Groups in Pingtung County Government 
Publish Date:2020-02-19    
As the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), previously known as Wuhan coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, continues to spread, the government is calling on people to wear face masks, wash hands, isolate and adopt related prevention measures. Affected by the outbreak of this international epidemic, the society starts to panic and results in the shortage of mask supply. To look after information deficient group, solitary elderly and solitary residents with physical difficulties in the community, Department of Social Affairs, Pingtung County Government distributed face masks supplied by the Ministry of Health and Welfare to about 3,000 solitary citizens who are elderly people or have physical difficulties. These face masks were distributed by the County’s township and village chiefs on February 11.

As the domestic supply of face masks remains low, the Ministry of Health and Welfare offers “love and caring face masks” to people of aforesaid minority groups. The launch of this policy is based on the considerations that some of them have difficulty in movements, reside in remote areas with inconvenient transportation or have temporary medical needs, such as seeing a doctor or taking rehabilitation treatments. Like the face masks sold at designated pharmacies under the real-name purchase system, each person receives two face masks per week and it is estimated that 3,000 people will be benefited from this policy.

All of the masks received by the Department of Social Affairs, Pingtung County Government from the central competent authority are distributed to township and village offices of the County. Then, through regular visits conducted by township and village chiefs, these masks are then distributed to people of aforesaid minority groups. Also, as these people tend to have difficulty in timely receiving the right information, township and village chiefs also promote accurate epidemic prevention information during their visits. This not only helps to prevent false news from reaching people in the region, but also enables people of the minority group in the County to live without big worries about the epidemic.