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Beijing supports HK in combating communicable diseases
www.chinaview.cn 2005-06-08 00:24:24

    HONG KONG, June 7 (Xinhuanet) -- The Minister of Health Gao Qiang shared experience in combating communicable diseases with Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Bureau York Chow and other officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) here on Tuesday.

    The two sides exchanged views on the future cooperation between the Chinese mainland and the HKSAR in the area, according to a government press release.

    Chow said after the meeting that Gao had indicated that the Chinese mainland accorded high priority to the control of communicable diseases. In case there were an outbreak of avian influenza in the Chinese mainland, the mainland authorities would ensure timely notification and exchange of information, implement control and prevention measures and strive to contain the spread of the pandemic.

    "Gao emphasized that the Central Government would offer full assistance to the HKSAR in combating large-scale infectious disease outbreaks. The Chinese mainland authorities would notify Hong Kong promptly about the situation in the event of infectious disease outbreaks," Chow said.

    He said, "Gao proposed that the two places, on the basis of continued enhancement of infectious disease information exchange, should set up a cooperation mechanism in respect of their response systems for public health emergencies. The Central Government would also offer the necessary assistance in respect of expertise and resources in the event of infectious disease outbreaks in Hong Kong and Macao."

    "The HKSAR is very grateful to the Central Government for its attention and support. Hong Kong will continue to work closely with the Central Government in combating communicable diseases," he added.

    Chow pointed out that past experience had revealed that communicable diseases respected no geographical boundaries, and the globalization had posed ever increasing threats to the public health system. Close cooperation among the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and international health authorities was essential for successfully containing the spread of emerging communicable diseases.

    Minister of Health Gao Qiang is currently in Hong Kong for a one-week visit. Enditem

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