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Message from the Executive Director

In the recently announced Chief Executive’s Policy Address, the Government proposed to strengthen the district-based primary health care services by setting up District Health Centres to provide services in health promotion, health assessment, chronic disease management and community rehabilitation through building up coordinated network with local medical service providers and facilities so as to meet the healthcare needs of local people at the community level. In view of the ageing population, the Hong Kong health care system has to re-orient the longstanding focus from curative treatment to disease prevention in order to ease the burden on overstretched public hospitals.  United Christian Nethersole Community Health Service (UCN) fully supports the Government’s policy initiative to enhance primary health care service for the public.

Established in 1972, UCN aims at enhancing holistic health and well-being for all at the community level. Through our 8 Community Health Centres, UCN offers one-stop and comprehensive health care services including family medicine, Chinese medicine, dental care, community nutrition, mental health and counselling, diagnostic services, physiotherapy and occupational therapy etc., achieving our mission of “Leading a Healthy Life”.  In view of the Government’s determination to develop district-based primary health care riding on the principles of community-based medical-social collaboration and public-private partnership, we envision that Hong Kong people can manage their own health more effectively and lead a healthy life.

We also welcome the latest Policy’s move to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, that addresses the worries of different stakeholders from the medical and educational sectors as well as parents and the public at large.  UCN has always been committed to promoting smoking cessation and advocating for ban of e-cigarettes. Let’s learn more about how these products could affect our health before the related ordinance finally comes into effect.

As autumn is coming, we have started the flu vaccination programme in early October.  In an effort to increase the vaccination take-up rate, the Department of Health will provide free on-site vaccination services for primary school students, raise the subsidy for the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme as well as extend the eligibility group to those aged 50 to 64 in the year of 2018/19.

According to a recent study, while 90% of the parents surveyed were worried about their children being infected with flu, 40% of them had never arranged vaccinations for their children, 60% of whom were worried about the side effects of the vaccine. From the statistics of the Department of Health during January 1 to October 18 2018, 26 children suffered from serious complications arising from flu. 21 of them were found not vaccinated and 3 died ultimately, with a mortality rate of 12%.  During this same period, 681 adults suffered from flu, of which 493 were not vaccinated and 441 died, constituting a mortality rate of 65%. The deceased were mainly elderly and patients suffering from chronic diseases. Vaccination is always an effective way to prevent seasonal flu and its complications. It can also reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths. I urge everyone to actively consider vaccination against influenza, especially for the elderly and children who have a higher risk of developing severe flu. For any enquiries, please call any of our Community Health Centres.


Esther MOK