The Director-General: Chi-Kung Ho
Date of Birth：1959
Visiting Scholar, Occupational Health Program, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Master of Science, Public Health, Graduate Institute of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
M.D. Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
SARS taskforce of the Executive Yuan
Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University
Chief, Graduate Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University.
Member of Committee on Investigation of Occupational Disease, Kaohsiung City
Director, Office of Labor Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University
Director, Department of Community Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital
Attending Physician, Department of Occupational Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital
Director, Office of Labor Health and Safety, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital
Sincerely and best wishes to all,
Ever since Taiwan implemented the policy of local self-government, resources had been distributed unevenly between the city and county areas. As a result, significant developmental gaps between the two areas had occurred. Located in southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County are geographically close. Therefore, after the merger of the two areas, the local government is then able to administrate and distribute policies in addition to resources across the region to improve the welfare and living standards of the citizens in the Kaohsiung area.
Once again, as the result of Mayor Chen Chu’s trust, she had bestowed the responsibility upon me, as the first Director-General of the Kaohsiung City Health Department after the merge between Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County. It is with both great pleasure and a cautious state of mind that I shall fulfill my duties using the full extent of my efforts and abilities. Furthermore, to implement Mayor Chen Chu’s concept of city health care policy, to promote Healthy City projects, and continue efforts to solidify basic city health infrastructures.
Immediately after the merge between Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County, some of the major challenges presented are the expansion of the administrative region, lack of financial resources and city citizens’ health equivalence. Therefore, to establish effective disease prevention, coordinate the allocation medical care resources, improve emergency care services, coordinate city/county medical service resources, establish emergency medical service programs for potentially dangerous areas, improve the medical resources of remote mountainous regions, improve medical care for citizens living in remote and rural areas, utilize local characteristics as basis for discussion to improve medical care needs, personalize individual areas to establish preventive health care services, provide citizens with timely and appropriate long term care services such as medical, medicinal and food safety in accordance to changes in demographic structure in the region, coordinate laborer health preventative care programs, establish regulation for occupational hazards, strengthen health inspection and public health care services, vigorously seize the opportunities for city improvement presented by the merge, create a new image for the Health Department, will be the mandates and long term goals for this administrative office.
Health care services is an endless road of contributions, I fully expect all members to put aside the differences between the previous geographical and regional differences and to continue provide our citizens with the utmost health care and medical services. We must remain vigilant in focusing on professionalism and care in order to improve the health status of the general public, so that everyone in our fair city can enjoy a high quality of living standards. Together not only will we make Kaohsiung a joyful place to live, but also turn it into a prosperous Healthy City.
Director-General of Department of Health, Kaohsiung City Government
December 25th, 2010