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Healthcare enters new chapter

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said primary healthcare development has entered a new chapter under the efforts of the current-term Government.   Mrs Lam made the statement at the District Health Centre - New Journey in Primary Healthcare Ceremony, noting that she advocated in her first Policy Address in 2017 the setting up of District Health Centres (DHCs) that are operated in a brand new mode with a view to enhancing public awareness on preventive healthcare and personal health management through community networks.   To date, DHCs or DHC Expresses have started service in 14 districts. The DHCs will be extended to cover the remaining four districts of Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Southern District and Tsuen Wan, in the next few months.   Mrs Lam noted that upon their presence in all 18 districts within this year, the DHCs and DHC Expresses will serve as the important hardware for promoting the collaboration of primary healthcare services.   She also pointed out that the Food &am

CE visits On Tai Estate

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, accompanied by Secretary for Transport & Housing Frank Chan, today visited On Tai Estate in Kwun Tong, located at a site that was formerly the Anderson Road Quarry.   She learnt about the Housing Department's environmental protection considerations in the construction of public housing in recent years and the progress of various development plans for the site.   The estate was planned and built with the concepts of sustainable development and community engagement.   With a greening ratio of more than 30%, it has plenty of environment-friendly and green installations, as well as many facilities featuring art, the quarry's history and education elements.   During the visit, Mrs Lam viewed the solar pipes that redirect natural daylight to designated areas, a green acoustic barrier, walkways, and a planting area equipped with the zero irrigation system.   She also visited the outdoor exhibition gallery, which showcases the quarry's history and precious natural resources, and its observation deck, an exhibit of an old machine part used at the quarry and other artworks.   Mrs Lam said she was pleased to note that innovative technology of 5D Building Information Modeling was applied and prefabrication was widely used in the design and construction of the estate to enhance efficiency, promote environment protection, and reduce construction time.   The Chief Executive also inspected the Anderson Road Quarry site from the rooftop of a building, where she received an update on the progress of the site's project.   The project covers 11 housing sites, of which eight are for public housing. Two sites have already been sold for private housing and one has been reserved for the pilot project of the second Starter Homes for Hong Kong Residents development.   "With the efforts over the years, we have identified all of the land required for providing public housing units to meet the demand in the coming 10 years, with the re-allocation of sites at the Anderson Road Quarry for public housing development being one of the sources of supply,” Mrs Lam noted.   "The current-term Government will continue to spare no effort to provide land with a multi-pronged approach and roll out various short, medium and long-term initiatives to increase land supply to strive to provide suitable housing for families in different income brackets."
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