Health chief joins nation’s delegation for WHO talks

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan on Sunday joined the World Health Organisation’s annual World Health Assembly, saying she hopes to learn more about global public health issues including the fight against Covid-19.

Chan is participating in the event via video conference as a member of the Chinese delegation.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be rampant across the globe, the fifth wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong has been clearly curbed recently and the livelihood of the public has resumed as normal in general,” Chan said.

“Nevertheless, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will not let down its guard and will continue to uphold the anti-epidemic strategy of ‘three reductions, three focuses and one priority’, which means focusing on reducing deaths, severe cases and infections, highlighting key groups of people, organisations and premises, and according priority to the elderly.”

Chan stressed that Hong Kong would continue to work to prevent imported cases and any resurgence in local cases, as well as “formulate scientific and precise anti-epidemic measures in pursuit of ‘dynamic zero infection’.”

She said she would closely follow discussion during the meetings “in order to obtain more valuable information and experience relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as other public health issues, for better protection of the health of Hong Kong people”.

Chan is joined as a member of the Chinese delegation by the permanent secretary at her bureau, Thomas Chan, Director of Health Ronald Lam and Centre for Health Protection chief Edwin Tsui.
Last updated: 2022-05-23 HKT 01:42