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SFH continues Beijing visit (with photos)

     The Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, continued his visit to Beijing on its second day today (August 27).

     Dr Ko, together with the Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), Mr Richard Yuen; the Director of Health, Dr Constance Chan; the Chairman of the Hospital Authority, Mr Anthony Wu; and the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority, Dr Leung Pak-yin, called on the Minister of Health, Dr Chen Zhu, this morning to discuss health-related issues of mutual concern. Dr Ko told Dr Chen that the partnership between Hong Kong's medical sector and the Mainland has been further strengthened. The signing of Supplement IX to the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement not only enables Hong Kong medical service providers to access the Mainland market, but also provides more medical choices for patients.

     The delegation then met with the Commissioner of the State Food and Drug Administration, Mr Yin Li, to exchange views and experiences on medicine registration and safety, as well as clinical trials. Dr Ko said he hopes that the Mainland and Hong Kong health authorities would continue to strengthen ties and exchanges between the two sides to protect people's health.

     Apart from visiting medical and health authorities, Dr Ko this morning paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Zhou Bo.

     The delegation will attend a dinner hosted by the Commissioner of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Professor Wang Guoqiang, and will exchange experiences on the development of Chinese medicines during the dinner. Dr Ko will visit the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine tomorrow.

Ends/Monday, August 27, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:01


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