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Hong Kong mulls greater oversight of private health insurance

Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man

The government may take on a "middle-man role" in private health insurance cases, helping to decide claims, process compensation and register complaints, the health minister said.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 8:18am

Guidelines but no change to two-tin law

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: EPA

Improved guidelines will be issued to help customs officers enforce the two-tin infant milk formula limit at the border, but the government will make no more efforts to refine the legislation.

The health minister said this yesterday after the closure on Wednesday of a Legislative Council meeting that was to have scrutinised government and lawmakers' amendments to the bill.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Hong Kong ready to cull birds at first sign of 'bird flu' infection

A worker hoses down empty chicken cages at the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market in Kowloon. Photo: EPA

Food and Health Bureau Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man announced there hade been nine suspected cases of human infection in Hong Kong, but all were found to be negative. Some schools are stepping up flu prevention measures and adopting more stringent cleaning practices.

9 Apr 2013 - 7:12am 1 comment

Faster test to detect H7N9 virus in Hong Kong chicken

A live chicken stall at the Kowloon City wet market. Photo: Edward Wong

All live chicken in Hong Kong – including those being raised locally or imported from the mainland on a daily basis – should undergo the test before being sold to consumers, the health minister said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong tightens surveillance on bird flu risk areas

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department workers clean a chicken stall at Bowrington Road Market, Wan Chai. Photo: Nora Tam

The government will step up surveillance of travellers and poultry in the face of a worsening outbreak of the fatal H7N9 bird flu virus on the mainland. Authorities will intensify the monitoring of poultry supply, including inspecting local chicken farms, wholesale and retail markets. There will be more patrols, testing of samples and cleaning at the sites, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said yesterday after a cross-department meeting.

6 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

Hong Kong on alert for deadly bird flu strain, says health minister

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong’s health minister said on Monday that the city was on high alert for anyone infected with H7N9 avian flu virus after the mainland announced on Sunday three people had contracted the virus.

1 Apr 2013 - 6:39pm

Food chief denies any pressure over milk limit

Dr Ko Wing-man

Secretary for Food and Heath Dr Ko Wing-man has denied coming under political pressure to end the newly imposed restrictions on taking infant milk formula across the border.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

Tai Po hospital tender dumped after bidder fails to meet conditions

A consortium of Parkway Pantai and NWS will build a private hospital, due to open in 2017, at this Wong Chuk Hang site. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government has scrapped a tender to build a private hospital on a site in Tai Po because the sole bidder failed to meet conditions attached to the project. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday the government would consider whether to change the site's land use. It may also change the use for two other sites earmarked for private hospitals by the former administration - in Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O. 

14 Mar 2013 - 8:29am

Flights to take more health precautions after second Sars scare

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Edward Wong

More health measures will be taken on flights in and out of the city, the health minister said yesterday, as Hongkongers breathed a sigh of relief after a cabin crew member tested negative for novel coronavirus.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am

Minister rejects calls to end new two-tin milk powder rule

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: May Tse

Dr Ko Wing-man promised legislators that the government would review the measure after it had sorted out a system with suppliers and retailers to ensure a more stable supply.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

Chickenpox threat in Hong Kong as vaccine runs out

Health chief Dr Ko Wing-man

Children may be left vulnerable to chickenpox infection as the city runs short of vaccine. One supplier blamed the shortage on a sudden increase in demand and said it had been out of stock since January.

8 Mar 2013 - 9:03am 2 comments

Spat demeans academic and minister

Baptist University's president, Professor Albert Chan. Photo: Berton Chang

The spat between Baptist University and the government is a bit like the snapping between the two main characters in Dumb and Dumber. Since that silly Hollywood comedy already has a prequel, perhaps university president Albert Chan Sun-chi and food and health chief Dr Ko Wing-man are aiming to make a sequel.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am 2 comments

Baptist University boss spars with Ko Wing-man over school site

Baptist University's Albert Chan

The row between the government and the Baptist University over the rezoning of a school site escalated yesterday as the health chief waded into the debate. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man rejected the university's claim it had submitted a proposal as early as 2009 for developing a Chinese medical hospital on the site next to its Kowloon Tong campus.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:35am 1 comment

Milk powder limits to start on March 1

Two-can limit on milk powder will start on March 1. David Wong/SCMP

The new measures to restrict the amount of milk powder a traveller can bring across the border will take effect next month, the health minister says. From March 1, people leaving the city will be limited to taking two cans, or 1.8kg, of infant formula, Food and Health Bureau Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday, after the amendment to the import and export law was gazetted.

23 Feb 2013 - 12:23pm 2 comments

Early quarantine best way to avert Sars-like outbreak: health chief

Health chief Dr Ko Wing-man acknowledges the overloaded public hospitals are a problem. Photo: May Tse

It was a dreaded scene from years ago: people clad in full protective gear entering and exiting a quarantined hotel in a city caught in the grip of a fatal virus. That scene, which emerged in 2003 and then again in 2009, may return to haunt Hongkongers if another epidemic strikes.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:14am