Mainland, HK sign MOU to enhance health and medical cooperation

UPDATED: 14:07, June 23, 2007

Hong Kong and Mainland Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen co- operation and exchanges in health and medical areas with an aim to raise the health care standard in both places.

Under the MOU signed by Minister of Health Gao Qiang from Mainland and Hong Kong Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow, the two sides agreed to foster co-operation in various areas including strengthening the flow of health and medical information as well as the notification and contingency co-operation system on infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

The two parties would also promote the exchange and co- operation on community health services between the Mainland and Hong Kong.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chow said that since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, exchanges and communication between Mainland and Hong Kong had become more and more frequent.

Close co-operation between the health authorities of the Mainland and Hong Kong was vital in meeting the numerous new challenges in public health, he said.

"I believe that with the strong support of the ministry, the Mainland and Hong Kong will continue to maintain their good partnership to strive for better public health protection. We will further enhance our communication and co-operation on the basis of the MOU," he added.

In addition, according to the MOU, the two sides would encourage medical and health professional groups and relevant institutions in the Mainland and Hong Kong to share experience through seminars and training programs.

Also, mutual co-operation on hospital management would be advanced through ways such as fostering exchange between hospital management experts and health care professionals, building partnership between hospitals and discussing the arrangement for effective referral of patients among the medical institutions in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Source: Xinhua

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