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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

Jab service provided to elderly

The Government's outreach vaccination team today provided jab services to the elderly at Cheung Sha Wan Sports Centre in a vaccination event organised by a group in Sham Shui Po.   There were 210 seniors from Sham Shui Po who joined the event to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines. Voluntary healthcare workers were on the spot to answer questions from them.   The Government's outreach vaccination team provided vaccination service to the elderly who opted for the Sinovac vaccine at a temporary vaccination area specially set up at the sports centre.   Those who chose the BioNTech vaccine were taken by pre-arranged transport to a nearby community vaccination centre (CVC) for vaccination.   Attending the event, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said this is the first time that the outreach service team has participated in a trial of this type of one-stop arrangement.   He said the talks, question and answer sessions and vaccination service not only enhanced the elderly’s understanding of the vaccines and eased their concerns, but also enabled them to get vaccinated.   He said he is grateful to the organiser and the district organisations as they care about the health of the elderly. He hopes that groups will organise activities to encourage and help elderly persons to get vaccinated.   Mr Nip pointed out that the elderly are the group of people who have the highest risks of complications and death from COVID-19.   Experts recommend that all the senior citizens who have previously received influenza vaccines can safely receive COVID-19 vaccines. If the elderly have chronic diseases, they should get vaccinated as soon as possible for protection when their condition is stable, he added.   Currently, people aged 70 or above can get same-day tickets at more than 20 CVCs to receive vaccination. This arrangement will be extended to people aged 60 or above shortly.
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