Elizabeth Cheung

Elizabeth has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a Master's Degree in Development Studies.
Elizabeth Cheung
Elizabeth has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a Master's Degree in Development Studies.

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Pilot scheme for free flu jabs at primary schools to become regular programme after successfully raising vaccination rate, Hong Kong’s health chief Sophia Chan says

Department of Health scheme to provide free shots has pushed up vaccination rate to about 55 per cent among primary pupils, health chief says.

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Pilot scheme for free flu jabs at primary schools to become regular programme after successfully raising vaccination rate, Hong Kong’s health chief Sophia Chan says

Department of Health scheme to provide free shots has pushed up vaccination rate to about 55 per cent among primary pupils, health chief says.

Hong Kong should loosen restrictions on overseas doctors to ease staff shortages in public hospitals, says president of city’s academy of medicine

Professor Lau Chak-sing calls for change in rules governing medical professionals trained overseas, as debate rages about how to solve staffing shortage in public hospitals.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:52PM
Hong Kong should loosen restrictions on overseas doctors to ease staff shortages in public hospitals, says president of city’s academy of medicine

Professor Lau Chak-sing calls for change in rules governing medical professionals trained overseas, as debate rages about how to solve staffing shortage in public hospitals.

Hong Kong police car chase ends in three burglary syndicate members crashing vehicle in river

The arrested suspects are linked to at least 10 recent break-ins. Four others believed to be related to the same group also detained.

16 Feb 2019 - 11:56PM
Hong Kong police car chase ends in three burglary syndicate members crashing vehicle in river

The arrested suspects are linked to at least 10 recent break-ins. Four others believed to be related to the same group also detained.

Red tape at Hong Kong Hospital Authority: senior health care official and another board member call for cuts

Doctors and managers warn of bloated structure and say bureaucracy needs reining in.

13 Feb 2019 - 7:00AM
Red tape at Hong Kong Hospital Authority: senior health care official and another board member call for cuts

Doctors and managers warn of bloated structure and say bureaucracy needs reining in.

Hong Kong’s leader orders full review of monitoring system for mega bridge after late documents scandal

Carrie Lam doubles down on authorities’ reassurances that Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is safe, adding that she has instructed city’s transport chief to explain the matter clearly to the public.

12 Feb 2019 - 11:30PM
Hong Kong’s leader orders full review of monitoring system for mega bridge after late documents scandal

Carrie Lam doubles down on authorities’ reassurances that Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is safe, adding that she has instructed city’s transport chief to explain the matter clearly to the public.

Health service bureaucracy has gone too far says head of Hong Kong’s oldest medical school, as he questions whether red tape is doing anything to help patients

Professor Gabriel Leung criticises Hospital Authority for amount of bureaucracy in public sector and questions whether meetings do anything to help patients.

12 Feb 2019 - 3:16PM
Health service bureaucracy has gone too far says head of Hong Kong’s oldest medical school, as he questions whether red tape is doing anything to help patients

Professor Gabriel Leung criticises Hospital Authority for amount of bureaucracy in public sector and questions whether meetings do anything to help patients.

Lack of sleep could damage DNA and affect repair ability, possibly raising cancer risk, University of Hong Kong study finds

Research conducted on doctors who worked long, overnight shifts, and results may apply to those in other jobs with similar working patterns. Adults aged between 18 and 60 need at least seven hours of sleep per night.

11 Feb 2019 - 4:31PM
Lack of sleep could damage DNA and affect repair ability, possibly raising cancer risk, University of Hong Kong study finds

Research conducted on doctors who worked long, overnight shifts, and results may apply to those in other jobs with similar working patterns. Adults aged between 18 and 60 need at least seven hours of sleep per night.

More burial facilities in Hong Kong offer chance for grieving parents to let their miscarried babies rest in peace

Selected cemeteries will allow couples of no religious affiliation to bury abortuses or spread their ashes if cremated. There are plans for other facilities to follow.

10 Feb 2019 - 9:06AM
More burial facilities in Hong Kong offer chance for grieving parents to let their miscarried babies rest in peace

Selected cemeteries will allow couples of no religious affiliation to bury abortuses or spread their ashes if cremated. There are plans for other facilities to follow.

Canada reports world’s first case of rat-to-human hepatitis E infection outside Hong Kong

HKU experts say latest infection highlights that even healthy adults can catch the rodent-borne disease.

7 Feb 2019 - 10:03AM
Canada reports world’s first case of rat-to-human hepatitis E infection outside Hong Kong

HKU experts say latest infection highlights that even healthy adults can catch the rodent-borne disease.

Balmy start to Year of the Pig forecast for Hong Kong but flu still a threat, doctors warn

Temperatures set to reach 24 degrees Celsius but fog could shroud annual Lunar New Year fireworks display.

3 Feb 2019 - 11:27PM
Balmy start to Year of the Pig forecast for Hong Kong but flu still a threat, doctors warn

Temperatures set to reach 24 degrees Celsius but fog could shroud annual Lunar New Year fireworks display.

Hong Kong pilots’ union close to civil war after deal to end dispute with Cathay Pacific managers voted down

Proposals have been floated to oust union leaders and the negotiators responsible for extracting concessions from airline.

3 Feb 2019 - 11:27PM
Hong Kong pilots’ union close to civil war after deal to end dispute with Cathay Pacific managers voted down

Proposals have been floated to oust union leaders and the negotiators responsible for extracting concessions from airline.

Man dies after falling into lift shaft at his Hong Kong estate

Initial investigations show he was a lift worker. Police are looking into how the incident happened.

2 Feb 2019 - 8:08PM
Man dies after falling into lift shaft at his Hong Kong estate

Initial investigations show he was a lift worker. Police are looking into how the incident happened.

Hong Kong hospital support staff protest against labour shortages in wards during flu season

Unions say one nurse and two care assistants have to tend to as many as 50 to 55 patients per night as admissions remain high. Nurses and doctors have already called on the government to provide more staff to deal with the workload.

30 Jan 2019 - 6:39PM
Hong Kong hospital support staff protest against labour shortages in wards during flu season

Unions say one nurse and two care assistants have to tend to as many as 50 to 55 patients per night as admissions remain high. Nurses and doctors have already called on the government to provide more staff to deal with the workload.

Emergency flu funds of HK$500 million headed to Hong Kong hospitals for second year

But city’s leader says money alone is not the answer and wholesale reform of health care system needed.

30 Jan 2019 - 9:58AM
Emergency flu funds of HK$500 million headed to Hong Kong hospitals for second year

But city’s leader says money alone is not the answer and wholesale reform of health care system needed.

Police looking into second online video ‘from same school’ featuring eight students earlier arrested over assault, amid bullying concerns in Hong Kong

Anonymous user claims eight-second clip is just tip of the iceberg of what goes on at school, as police source says officers involved in the first case are also looking into this.

25 Jan 2019 - 11:06PM
Police looking into second online video ‘from same school’ featuring eight students earlier arrested over assault, amid bullying concerns in Hong Kong

Anonymous user claims eight-second clip is just tip of the iceberg of what goes on at school, as police source says officers involved in the first case are also looking into this.

Closing Hong Kong preschools amid winter flu season would have been better a week earlier, microbiologist says

Top microbiologist welcomes government announcement of early Lunar New Year holiday at kindergartens and childcare centres – but says closure’s effect on flu outbreaks would have been stronger earlier.

25 Jan 2019 - 7:19PM
Closing Hong Kong preschools amid winter flu season would have been better a week earlier, microbiologist says

Top microbiologist welcomes government announcement of early Lunar New Year holiday at kindergartens and childcare centres – but says closure’s effect on flu outbreaks would have been stronger earlier.

Hong Kong hospital wards packed like Chinese restaurants, doctors complain as deadly flu surge grips city

Frustration boiling over at what staff see as no improvement in 30 years, according to veteran paediatrician.

1 Feb 2019 - 4:16PM
Hong Kong hospital wards packed like Chinese restaurants, doctors complain as deadly flu surge grips city

Frustration boiling over at what staff see as no improvement in 30 years, according to veteran paediatrician.

Hong Kong kindergartens and childcare centres to begin Lunar New Year holiday early as flu outbreaks spread

More than 35 per cent of kindergartens and childcare centres already hit by outbreaks.

24 Jan 2019 - 11:27PM
Hong Kong kindergartens and childcare centres to begin Lunar New Year holiday early as flu outbreaks spread

More than 35 per cent of kindergartens and childcare centres already hit by outbreaks.

Check every one of your windows, The Mira Hong Kong ordered, after falling panel hits and kills mainland Chinese woman

Police also widen their investigation into what led to the 24-year-old’s death, looking into maintenance records at the Tsim Sha Tsui building.

23 Jan 2019 - 1:00PM
Check every one of your windows, The Mira Hong Kong ordered, after falling panel hits and kills mainland Chinese woman

Police also widen their investigation into what led to the 24-year-old’s death, looking into maintenance records at the Tsim Sha Tsui building.

Halt supply of live pigs in Hong Kong for first three days of Lunar New Year, industry urges amid African swine fever fears

Stakeholders say this is to allow time for cleansing operations in slaughterhouses, with impact on the public to be minimal.

22 Jan 2019 - 10:21PM
Halt supply of live pigs in Hong Kong for first three days of Lunar New Year, industry urges amid African swine fever fears

Stakeholders say this is to allow time for cleansing operations in slaughterhouses, with impact on the public to be minimal.

Nearly a third of Hong Hong preschools hit by flu outbreaks, forcing seven-day closures

Kindergartens and childcare centres bear brunt of new cases, with 301 forced into seven-day closures since Saturday.

22 Jan 2019 - 2:40AM
Nearly a third of Hong Hong preschools hit by flu outbreaks, forcing seven-day closures

Kindergartens and childcare centres bear brunt of new cases, with 301 forced into seven-day closures since Saturday.

208 Hong Kong kindergartens and childcare centres told to shut for a week after outbreaks of flu

Centre for Health Protection recommends 20 per cent of facilities close for seven days after four flu outbreaks reported at three kindergartens and a primary school on Thursday.

18 Jan 2019 - 11:25PM
208 Hong Kong kindergartens and childcare centres told to shut for a week after outbreaks of flu

Centre for Health Protection recommends 20 per cent of facilities close for seven days after four flu outbreaks reported at three kindergartens and a primary school on Thursday.

Hong Kong Baptist University researchers invent faster, cheaper and more accurate way to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients

Team says method is 10 to 20 times faster than current antimicrobial susceptibility tests, with costs about 50 per cent lower.

18 Jan 2019 - 9:31AM
Hong Kong Baptist University researchers invent faster, cheaper and more accurate way to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients

Team says method is 10 to 20 times faster than current antimicrobial susceptibility tests, with costs about 50 per cent lower.

Hong Kong university joins forces with top overseas institutions to set up city’s first international research centre on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

Harvard Medical School, Stanford University School of Medicine and University College London plan to set up centre with HKUST.

16 Jan 2019 - 10:51PM
Hong Kong university joins forces with top overseas institutions to set up city’s first international research centre on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

Harvard Medical School, Stanford University School of Medicine and University College London plan to set up centre with HKUST.

Tens of thousands in Hong Kong to have their DNA sequenced in government-backed genome project

People with undiagnosed genetic disorders and cancers to be among first batch of cases.

16 Jan 2019 - 9:29AM
Tens of thousands in Hong Kong to have their DNA sequenced in government-backed genome project

People with undiagnosed genetic disorders and cancers to be among first batch of cases.

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang taken to hospital ahead of release from prison

The jailed former leader was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam on Friday night and was said to be in good spirits.

12 Jan 2019 - 10:54PM
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang taken to hospital ahead of release from prison

The jailed former leader was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam on Friday night and was said to be in good spirits.

Police suspect fire at one of busiest stations on Hong Kong MTR to be arson

Blaze broke out near Exit E in Mong Kok station on Saturday morning.

12 Jan 2019 - 10:54PM
Police suspect fire at one of busiest stations on Hong Kong MTR to be arson

Blaze broke out near Exit E in Mong Kok station on Saturday morning.

Pan-democrats call for pro-Beijingers’ help to vote down Hong Kong government’s budget, demanding reversal of age limit rise for elderly benefit

Move to raise eligibility age for the elderly CSSA scheme from 60 to 65 drew legislators’ ire. But one pro-establishment lawmaker says his camp will not join opposition in threat to torpedo the budget.

11 Jan 2019 - 11:15PM
Pan-democrats call for pro-Beijingers’ help to vote down Hong Kong government’s budget, demanding reversal of age limit rise for elderly benefit

Move to raise eligibility age for the elderly CSSA scheme from 60 to 65 drew legislators’ ire. But one pro-establishment lawmaker says his camp will not join opposition in threat to torpedo the budget.

Baby Chi-hoi battles potentially fatal blood clots as wait for life-saving heart transplant goes on in Hong Kong

Doctors operate as 13-month-old’s mother says she knows her son, who now needs help breathing, is in a race against time.

11 Jan 2019 - 11:15PM
Baby Chi-hoi battles potentially fatal blood clots as wait for life-saving heart transplant goes on in Hong Kong

Doctors operate as 13-month-old’s mother says she knows her son, who now needs help breathing, is in a race against time.

Chemical compound discovered by HKU-led team could open the way for a new antiviral drug with broad application

The compound, AM580, was found to inhibit the development of seven to eight types of virus, including Sars, Mers and H79. Further rounds of tests are necessary, but the researchers are hopeful the drug might be on the market in five years’ time.

11 Jan 2019 - 10:47AM
Chemical compound discovered by HKU-led team could open the way for a new antiviral drug with broad application

The compound, AM580, was found to inhibit the development of seven to eight types of virus, including Sars, Mers and H79. Further rounds of tests are necessary, but the researchers are hopeful the drug might be on the market in five years’ time.

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