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SFH on funding for Hospital Authority and avian flu

     Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public event today (February 25):

Reporter: (On reduction in recurrent funding for Hospital Authority.)

Secretary for Food and Health: This is a measure to ensure that the operational departments, including the Hospital Authority, have an opportunity to look into how to improve operational efficiency. But I must emphasise that the whole exercise must be based on the premise that service demand must be fully met.

Reporter: (On the first imported human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) this year.)

Secretary for Food and Health: The Centre for Health Protection is conducting a thorough contact tracing. Up to this moment, we know that more than 160 contacts have been identified, of whom over 40 are defined as close contacts. For the close contacts, we will administer a preventive course of Tamiflu in addition to medical surveillance.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Thursday, February 25, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:27


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