Hong Kong – S for Health visits Chinese Medicine Clinic cum Training and Research Centre in Kwai Tsing District (with photos)

S for Health visits Chinese Medicine Clinic cum Training and Research Centre in Kwai Tsing District (with photos)


     The Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau, visited the Chinese Medicine Clinic cum Training and Research Centre (CMCTR) in Kwai Tsing District today (August 29) to meet representatives of the operating organisation and Chinese medicine practitioners (CMPs) of the CMCTR to get a better grasp of its operation and its involvement in integrated Chinese-Western medicine (ICWM) treatment services.
     Accompanied by the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority (HA), Dr Tony Ko, Professor Lo met the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yan Chai Hospital, Mrs Mary Suen, to learn more about the government-subsidised outpatient services provided by the CMCTR.
     Professor Lo said, “Chinese medicine (CM) constitutes an integral part of the healthcare system in Hong Kong. The Government has long been committed to driving the CM development in Hong Kong, with a view to establishing a comprehensive network for delivering government-subsidised CM services to the public. The Government will increase the quota of government-subsidised CM outpatient services at CMCTRs in the 18 districts by the end of this year to implement the policy initiative of raising the service quota to 800 000 per year as outlined in the 2022 Policy Address, thus further reinforcing the role of CM at primary healthcare level. Having regularised ICWM services earlier this year, the HA is also progressively extending such services to more hospitals with more disease areas covered in a bid to bring the strengths of CM and ICWM into full play.”
     During the meeting, Professor Lo fully recognised the contributions of CMPs of the CMCTR in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. He was pleased to learn that the CMCTR has geared up to take forward the Government’s policy of increasing the quota of subsidised outpatient services by the end of this year. He is confident that the CMCTR will be able to provide strengthened services to the local community by then.  
     The Government commissioned the HA years ago to develop and implement the ICWM Pilot Programme so as to gain more experience in operating ICWM and CM inpatient services. The programme offers ICWM treatment services to in-patients suffering from certain disease areas (namely stroke, musculoskeletal pain and cancer palliative care) at the CMCTRs. At present, a total of eight hospitals participate in the programme in which CMPs and Western medicine (WM) doctors team up to formulate clinical treatment protocol for each of the selected disease areas. Under the programme, CMPs and WM doctors work together to assess the suitability of patients in receiving CM treatment and offer ICWM treatment services to the suitable ones. Patients may join the relevant programme on a voluntary basis.
     Among all, the CM team of the CMCTR in Kwai Tsing District work closely with the WM team of Princess Margaret Hospital to provide ICWM services for cancer patients receiving palliative treatment. Professor Lo was pleased to see the seamless collaboration of the two parties. He also expressed his appreciation and support for the CMCTR’s active participation in clinical research projects.
     The HA has been progressively extending the ICWM services with respect to stroke care to its public hospitals across all seven hospital clusters in 2023-24. The HA will also further explore commencement of ICWM services with respect to cancer care to support patients in different cancer stages.
     Moreover, the HA launched the Greater Bay Area CM Visiting Scholars Programme last November to foster the development of ICWM treatment services. Apart from clinical professional exchanges, the Visiting Scholars Programme also helps nurture local CMPs for enhancing ICWM clinical treatment level with some 30 participating CMPs having received training to date.
     Located in all 18 districts across the city, the CMCTRs offer eligible Hong Kong residents government-subsidised CM outpatient services at district level, including treatment-related services in the field of CM outpatient, acupuncture and bone setting/tui-na. On top of the government-subsidised services, the CMCTRs also provide patients with options of non-government-subsidised services. Furthermore, the CMCTRs bear the functions of nurturing CM talent and taking forward scientific research projects.
     Deputy Secretary for Health Mr Eddie Lee; the Cluster Chief Executive of Kowloon West Cluster of the HA, Dr Alexander Law; the Acting Commissioner for Chinese Medicine Development of the Health Bureau, Mr Dominic Ho; and the Chief Manager (Chinese Medicine) of the HA, Ms Rowena Wong, accompanied Professor Lo on the visit today.

Hong Kong – S for S concludes GBA visits in Zhongshan (with photos)

S for S concludes GBA visits in Zhongshan (with photos)


     The Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung, called on the Zhongshan Municipal Public Security Bureau and conducted visit activities in Foshan and Zhongshan today (July 20), completing his series of visits to all cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) in recent months.

     Mr Tang called on Vice Mayor of Zhongshan cum Director-General of the Zhongshan Municipal Public Security Bureau, Mr Lu Gang, in the afternoon. Deputy head of the Zhongshan Municipal Emergency Management Bureau Mr Peng Shangzhan was in attendance. Mr Tang exchanged views with them on issues including combatting cross-boundary crimes and emergency management, and explored co-operation in different fields for enhancing synergistic development. Mr Tang introduced in the meeting a new plan formulated by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government to further enhance the capability of GBA cities in handling incidents together, including strengthening exchanges on technology and knowledge, resource sharing, as well as emergency mobilisation co-ordination.

     Mr Tang said that after concluding the visit to Zhongshan, he has completed the series of visits to all GBA cities starting from April this year. He expressed his gratitude to the public security bureaux, emergency management bureaux and fire and rescue brigades of all the cities for studying the relevant emergency response plan with the leadership and co-ordination of the Guangdong Provincial Government. He said he looked forward to holding joint working meetings later to take forward the plan.

     Mr Tang then visited the e-Park (Zhongshan) and learnt more about its operation. He also chatted and exchanged views with young Hong Kong entrepreneurs, and explored how the HKSAR Government could help their development in the GBA. During his stay in Foshan, Mr Tang enjoyed martial arts performances at the Feihong Pavilion in Nanhai and learnt more about the origin, inheritance and development of Foshan’s martial arts culture. Mr Tang praised the local use of innovative technologies to present the diversity of traditional martial arts, which perfectly combined tradition and modernity. Such creative methods provide great inspiration to the future work of the bureau.

  Mr Tang concluded the two-day visit to Zhaoqing, Foshan and Zhongshan, and returned to Hong Kong in the evening.

Hong Kong – SDEV visits Nanshan District in Shenzhen to inspect the development of local districts (with photos)

SDEV visits Nanshan District in Shenzhen to inspect development of local districts (with photos)


     The Secretary for Development, Ms Bernadette Linn, today (June 1) visited Nanshan District in Shenzhen to inspect the development and implementation of local districts in the area. 

     Ms Linn visited the Houhai Core District, the Dachong Village Renovation Development, and the Dasha River Ecological Corridor Development in Nanshan District, Shenzhen.

     During the visit, the representatives from the People’s Government of Nanshan District, Shenzhen and the developer shared their experience in developing local districts through district-wide coordinated approach, including the application of innovative ideas to transform old districts into new development areas integrating industries, culture, commercial activities, education and residential functions, as well as to convert polluted river into an ecological corridor. Under this development approach, a single developer would, in accordance with the spatial and industrial planning by the government, undertake various tasks in the development process of the entire district, including clearance and compensation, detailed design, construction, operation of the commercial and residential properties, and management of the newly built community facilities, with a view to enhancing efficiency and coherence of development in the district.

     Ms Linn said that the development of the Northern Metropolis is one of the priorities of the current-term Government, and the area will integrate quality life, development of industries, and culture and leisure. It is the new engine for Hong Kong to scale new heights. During the development process of the Northern Metropolis, the Government will adopt a development model of high efficiency and quality, taking into account the actual circumstances in Hong Kong and making reference to the experience of developing and transforming old districts in other areas including the Mainland. 

     The Under Secretary for Development, Mr David Lam; and the Director of the Preparatory Office for Northern Metropolis, Mr Vic Yau, also joined the visit.

     The delegation returned to Hong Kong this afternoon.

Hong Kong – SCS visits Peking University (with photos)

SCS visits Peking University (with photos)


     The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, visited Peking University today (April 28) to call on the President of the university, Mr Gong Qihuang, to exchange views on collaboration in training for the civil service and to explore room for further co-operation. 
     Mrs Yeung said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to exchange views with Mr Gong again after our meeting at the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong early last month. Peking University has always been a key partner for civil service training for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). We have a history of more than 20 years of co-organising national studies courses with Peking University and we will have closer co-operation in future.
     “Among the two new training programmes to be launched by the Civil Service College (CSC) this year, one of them is an in-depth training programme in collaboration with the Institute for Hong Kong and Macau Studies of Peking University on ‘one country, two systems’ and contemporary China for directorate officers.”
     In September last year, the HKSAR Government and Peking University launched a two-year Master’s Degree in Public Policy Programme for senior civil servants of the HKSAR. Participants are required to attend the programme on a full-time basis at the university in their first year, and complete a thesis while working in Hong Kong in their second year for graduation. The Civil Service Bureau is arranging a second batch of senior civil servants to attend this two-year Master’s Degree in Public Policy Programme run by the university in 2023.
     Mrs Yeung had a working seminar with the Dean of the School of Government of Peking University, Professor Yan Jirong. She also took the opportunity to meet the HKSAR civil servants who have enrolled in the Master’s Degree in Public Policy Programme at the university to learn more about their study experiences. 
     She said, “I am pleased that the civil servants have the opportunity to conduct social research in different regions during their studies to experience the country’s development in person. For example, they learned about the implementation of the country’s poverty alleviation measures by conducting social research on ‘rural revitalisation and regional development’ in Midu County, Yunnan Province in February this year. In the past, it might not be possible for the trainees to visit rural areas in the course of training. I believe that the classroom training and field visits would enable colleagues to learn from their first-hand experience, stimulate their thinking, and deepen their understanding of the country’s development so that they will contribute their best to the society after returning to Hong Kong.”
     Another training programme to be launched by the CSC this year is a dedicated seminar series on the theme of “Holistic View of National Security” to foster civil servants’ understanding of the challenges facing Hong Kong in safeguarding national security in the complex international environment and the responsibilities civil servants should shoulder in safeguarding national security.
     Mrs Yeung concluded her visit to Beijing today.

Hong Kong – S for S visits Guangzhou and Shenzhen (with photos)

S for S visits Guangzhou and Shenzhen (with photos)


     The Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung, called on the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department and the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau in Guangzhou and Shenzhen respectively today (April 27). 

     Mr Tang yesterday (April 26) concluded the visit to Beijing and departed for Guangzhou. This morning, he called on the Director of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department, Mr Wang Zhizhong, and exchanged views on issues involving the two places, such as the flow of talent, joint efforts to combat cross-boundary criminal activities, cross-boundary smuggling and parallel trading activities, as well as illegal immigrants. Expressing his gratitude to the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department for its support for the work of the Security Bureau and its disciplined services, Mr Tang said he hopes that the two places will build on the existing solid foundation to take forward collaboration on all fronts to support the work of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security and stability in society.

     In the afternoon, Mr Tang departed for Shenzhen to call on the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau. He met with the Director General, Mr Liu Guozhou, and discussed with him the flow of talent, emergency rescue and the collaboration on combatting various cross-boundary crimes. Mr Tang and Mr Liu also shared with each other experiences on combatting crimes, especially deception offences. Mr Tang said that the Mainland and Hong Kong have been working closely and that he looks forward to strengthening co-operation and exchanges with the Shenzhen Municipality and working together to take forward the relevant key areas of work.

     Mr Tang concluded the four-day visit to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and returned to Hong Kong in the evening.