S for Health leads delegation to visit Beijing (with photos)
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     ‚ÄčThe Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau, joined the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, on a visit to the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China upon Professor Lo's arrival in Beijing today (March 15). He also led a delegation for a three-day visit in Beijing to meet relevant Mainland authorities. The delegation will introduce to Mainland officials Hong Kong's work in containing the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as the latest development of various healthcare policies, with a view to pursuing further deepening of exchanges and co-operation with the Mainland in the healthcare aspect.

     Professor Lo paid a visit to the China Organ Transplantation Development Foundation (COTDF) this evening and met with the Chairman of the expert committee of the COTDF and Chairman of the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, Professor Huang Jiefu. Professor Lo mentioned Tsz-hei, the baby girl who had undergone a successful transplant surgery at Hong Kong Children's Hospital at the end of last year. The surgery also marked the first case of receiving a heart donated gratis across the boundary from a brain-dead Mainland child. He said, "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude once again to the Central Government and relevant Mainland authorities for their strong support and co-ordination, as well as to the donor's parents for their selflessness. This collaboration in saving a life fully exemplified the shared principle and mission of the Mainland and Hong Kong in protecting lives, which is of great significance.

     "It is the anticipation of the Health Bureau to explore the setting-up of a standing co-operation mechanism for sharing organs for transplant with the Mainland, so as to make the best use of donated organs for saving lives. The national human organ donation work has indeed made remarkable achievements in recent years and the China Organ Transplant Response System is highly recognised by the World Health Organization and the Transplantation Society."

     The delegation members include the Director of Health, Dr Ronald Lam; Deputy Secretary for Health Mr Eddie Lee; and the Chairman of the Hospital Authority, Mr Henry Fan. Professor Lo will return to Hong Kong on March 18. During his absence, the Under Secretary for Health, Dr Libby Lee, is the Acting Secretary for Health.

Ends/Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Issued at HKT 22:52

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