Hong Kong will need help from mainland Chinese medicine team, says Carrie Lam

Director-General Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she had asked the central government to send a medical team mainly made up of Chinese medicine experts and practitioners to Hong Kong, to fight Covid with a different approach. .

Speaking at a daily Covid press briefing on Thursday, the Hong Kong leader said more than 400 mainland medical staff had so far arrived in the city to support the fight against Covid.

Lam said Hong Kong was well placed to treat Covid with traditional Chinese medicine, adding that she had already asked the central government to send a medical team of Chinese medicine experts and practitioners to the city to help. to fight the epidemic.

She believes mainland Chinese medicine experts will be of immense help in containing the Covid situation in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Hospital Authority chief executive Tony Ko Pat-sing said Chinese medicine has proven effective for elderly Covid patients, especially those with chronic illnesses.

Ko said Chinese medicine can relieve symptoms such as constipation, cold aversion and malaise.

He noted that mainland Chinese medicine experts already in Hong Kong have begun tours of AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment centers, teaming up with local medical staff to introduce treatment plans that incorporate traditional Chinese medicine and western.

Ko also said that since mainland medical staff began working at full capacity, the AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment center has increased its maximum treatment capacity from 250 patients to 360, with that number expected to increase further at the time. ‘coming.