Health chief plans body to boost Chi­nese medicine

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS -

In Canada, for ex­am­ple, the Nat­u­ral Health Prod­ucts Reg­u­la­tions in 2004 spec­i­fied that Chi­nese medicine can be reg­is­tered and sold in the coun­try as a con­sumer health prod­uct. This gives Chi­nese medicines recog­ni­tion in an over­seas mar­ket.

The TCM de­vel­op­ment idea was not new. The first chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Tung Chee-hwa pro­posed build­ing a Chi­nese medicine “port” after he as­sumed of­fice.

In 2002, with a HK$100 mil­lion fund from the Jockey Club, the Hong Kong Bap­tist Univer­sity es­tab­lished the School of Chi­nese Medicine to pro­mote Chi­nese medicine ed­u­ca­tion and re­search. Other uni­ver­si­ties in Hong Kong later fol­lowed suit.

Mean­while, Chan also vowed to launch com­mu­nity med­i­cal cen­ters in all 18 dis­tricts in Hong Kong, which pri­or­i­tize chronic dis­eases. This is ex­pected to re­duce pres­sure on pub­lic hos­pi­tals.

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine de­vel­op­ment will be one of my pri­or­i­ties in the next five year.” Sophia Chan Siu-chee, sec­re­tary for food and health


A cus­tomer loads a bas­ket with books dur­ing the 28th Hong Kong Book Fair at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Wan Chai on Wed­nes­day. The fair runs un­til Tues­day.

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