Health chief plans body to boost Chinese medicine
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.