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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Chinese med hospital to be built

(To watch the full commissioning launch ceremony and press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Food & Health Bureau and Baptist University today started the preparation work for commissioning the Chinese Medicine Hospital (CMH), aiming to commence service in phases from the second quarter of 2025.   Situated at Pak Shing Kok, Tseung Kwan O, the hospital will offer 400 beds with both inpatient and outpatient services. It will also diagnose and treat specific diseases through the collaboration of Chinese and Western medicine practitioners with the former playing a predominant role. When fully commissioned, the outpatient clinics will be able to serve some 310,000 patients each year.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan has high hopes and confidence in Baptist University’s participation in the project, noting the hospital’s establishment is an important milestone in Chinese medicine development.   “The CMH will provide not only quality medical services, but also a collaboration network with Chinese medicine clinics and educational and research centres, universities and the Chinese medicine industry.”   Baptist University, which has extensive Chinese medicine experience, shares the same mission with the Government in developing the hospital into a flagship Chinese medicine institution and a change driver that propels the development of Chinese medicine service, education and training, innovation and research in Hong Kong, she added.   CMH Project Office Project Director Dr Cheung Wai-lun said patients would be treated in the CMH using an integrated approach.   With chronic pain as an example, he said: “The origin first may not be identified even through the Western medicine technique.”   “I believe that Chinese medicine practitioners, experts, they will formulate a very good protocol and also use combinations of interventions, for example, using Chinese medicine (ie drugs), acupuncture and also maybe other methodologies that will cater (to) the individual situation of individual patients,” he explained.   In addition, the CMH will be a base for teaching and clinical practicum for the schools of Chinese medicine of three local universities and a clinical training platform for Chinese medicine practitioners. A Clinical Trial & Research Centre will also be set up in the CMH to facilitate the development of new proprietary Chinese medicines as well as widening the existing medicines’ clinical applications.   The CMH’s design principle and construction works are co-ordinated by the Architectural Services Department. Covering 4.29 hectares of land and next to the Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute, the hospital’s layout and architectural design highlight the co-existence of modern Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese culture.   The construction works of the CMH and the Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute will commence at the end of this month, the Government added.
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