#Hashtag Hong Kong



    Listen out for #Hashtag Hong Kong, on Sunday mornings. Our new programme updates the old format and content of Letter to Hong Kong.

    The focus will be on issues affecting civil society, as we hear from representatives of NGOs, associations, statutory bodies and non-profit groups.

    And each week there'll also be a musical choice*!

    (Sundays 8.15am - 8.25am)

    *The song is not included in its entity in the podcast due to copyright issue. 



    Professor Lin Zhixiu, President of the Hong Kong Association for Integration of Chinese-Western Medicine

    Hong Kong has just experienced its 5th and most deadly wave of COVID pandemic. We have recorded more than 1.2 million infected cases of Omicron variant of COVID in a short span of 3 months. Because of the shear upsurge of the number of patients, the public hospitals under the management of Hospital Authority was absolutely overwhelmed with severe cases. The majority of the patients with mild condition were forced to stay at home with only limited access to Western medicine. For this very reason, Chinese medicine practitioners in Hong Kong acted very quickly in providing tele-consultations to those patients who needed medical treatment, and delivered Chinese herbal medicine via couriers to their doorsteps. Overall, we have seen very promising results after Chinese medicine treatment, and most of these patients had their clinical symptoms, such as fever, cough and sore throat, relieved by taking Chinese herbal medicine. Because of the therapeutic efficacy of Chinese medicine, these patients didn’t need to go to hospitals for treatment, thereby alleviating the huge pressure on the public healthcare system as a whole.

    After the 5th wave of COVID, we certainly have seen a surge in the popularity of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Hong Kong as an effective treatment. The Hong Kong Government has started to realise the increasing importance of TCM in our healthcare system. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has promised to create a conducive environment for Chinese medicine development by reviewing and revising relevant regulatory and policy frameworks. With our first Chinese Medicine Hospital expected to be in operation in 2025, I am confident that Chinese medicine sector in Hong Kong will soon scale new heights and become an international hub for Chinese medicine, which can be emulated by other places in Asia and beyond.

    Some people may doubt the true effectiveness of Chinese medicine in fighting the COVID, and call for more scientific proof. In fact, there are a number of relatively good quality clinical trials out there which have demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of Chinese herbal medicine on the treatment of COVID patients with mild disease. For example, a multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial undertaken by Academician Zhong Nanshan’s team enrolled 284 COVID patients and compared the effects of Lianhua Qingwen Capsules on top of standard care versus conventional standard care alone. They found that patients on the TCM capsules recovered from their symptoms such as fever, fatigue and coughing in a shorter time than patients not given the TCM capsules. The researchers therefore judged that TCM capsules shortened the period to resolution of clinical symptoms of COVID-19. According to the WHO Expert Meeting on Evaluation of TCM in the Treatment of COVID-19 published in early April, there was sufficient evidence of efficacy of TCM on mild and moderate COVID-19 cases, but only preliminary evidence on severe or critical patients. Of course, there always needs to be more high quality clinical trials in this area.

    With this wave of pandemic is gradually subsiding, everyone in Hong Kong is breathing a sigh of relief. However, for many of those who were once infected, the road to total recovery may be lengthy and bumpy. While the majority of the patients quickly recovered from COVID infection, some still have complaints such as fatigue, cough and shortness of breath, poor appetite, insomnia and emotional disturbances. From Chinese medicine perspective, these post-COVID symptoms, sometimes also called Long-COVID, are the results of the injuries to the lung and spleen organs and damage to the Qi and Yin elements of the body due to the pestilential corona virus infection. As for the treatment, Chinese medicine practitioners would usually adopt a treatment principle of strengthening the lung and spleen functions, tonifying the vital Qi and nourishing Yin with an aim of restoring the body to its pre-COVID balanced state and speed up the recovery. In clinical practice, two formulas are often prescribed, including Shashen Maidong Decoction and Xiangsha Liujunzi Decoction. From my personal experience as a TCM practitioner, many Long-COVID patients had their clinical symptoms significantly improved by taking these Chinese herbal medicines, and their quality of life was markedly improved too.

    All in all, Chinese medicine has played an important role in the fight against the 5th wave of COVID pandemic, and is expected to continue to play a key role in reducing the impact of pandemic in future.

    Finally, I would like to dedicate this song  - Greatest Love Of All by the late Whitney Houston to all healthcare professionals and workers in Hong Kong, who have fought the COVID pandemic fearlessly and with love for the people of Hong Kong.  

    22/05/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)


    03 - 05


    Professor Lin Zhixiu, the President of the Hong Kong Association for Integration of Chinese-Western Medicine



    Bonnie So, CEO of Hong Kong Red Cross



    Leung King-hong, President of The Hong Kong Stroke Association



    Dr Fan Ning, founder & Chairman of Forget Thee Not


    Rachel Leung, CEO of the Heep Hong Society




    Fiona Nott, CEO of The Women's Foundation

    Dear Hong Kong Community,
    As I read this, we are in the midst of the latest – and most severe – of the COVID-19 waves. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who have been taking on more than expected and more than you thought possible these past two years. 
    With just a couple days before we commemorate International Women's Day, it's fitting for us to acknowledge the toll the pandemic is taking on all of us. Poor mental and physical health. Separation from friends and family. Financial distress. 
    Covid has been difficult for everyone but for women and girls it has been the greatest setback for a generation. Drastically increased care responsibilities. Domestic violence. The rise in online abuse.
    Many groups are particularly vulnerable. Single mothers, pupils, migrant domestic workers and ethnic minorities to name a few.
    Most of these challenges are not new, but COVID-19 has exacerbated and widened these inequalities. It has been a herculean task to manage our present and prepare for what our post COVID-19 world will look like. Despite the challenges I remain hopeful. Because by reframing our thinking and investing in all of us we can achieve a better, more equal future where women are equally participating in the opportunities this incredible city offers and where everyone benefits.
    Reframing our thinking starts with addressing the biases that underpin so many of the challenges facing women and girls – this is why it is fitting that this year's Global International Women's Day theme is #BreaktheBias.
    How do we begin to break these biases? Here are three key areas:
    • First, valuing domestic work. The pandemic has shown us the worth of the unpaid work that falls to women. Childcare, eldercare and all of the associated responsibilities can no longer be taken for granted. It is critical that men are involved and engaged in sharing responsibilities at home and as champions of gender equality at work. 
    • Second, promoting education that encourages gender equal mindsets. This involves significant updates to our sexual education curriculum, revamping STEM curricula to inspire girls and ensuring education materials are free from gender stereotypes.
    • Lastly, eradicating sexual violence. In all forms – including forced marriages, online sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual and domestic violence.
    These may sound like enormous undertakings. And they are. But there are steps we can each take right now to tackle biases and benefit everyone.
    What does that look like?
    • Challenge our assumptions. Create a safe space for conversations on gender equality without fear of judgement. At work, encourage men to take up parental leave and flexible work arrangements. Have conversations at home. Who is doing the most household and caring responsibilities. Mix it up.
    • Parents, guardians and educators: teach and parent with a gender lens. Expose children to diverse examples and role models. Point out instances of gender stereotyping in daily life and encourage critical thinking about its impact.
    • Educate ourselves on resources and ways to support friends and family who may have experienced sexual violence. Don’t be a passive bystander to discrimination and harassment.
    These are just a few of the many, many actions each of us can take.
    As CEO of The Women's Foundation, I know a more equal world is possible. We have Male Allies leading on allyship across the city; our TEEN Programme graduates paying it forward to tutor underprivileged students; and our Girls Go Tech Programme participants creating solutions for eldercare and financial literacy.
    The work of each of us – as individuals, organisations, communities – when combined, can truly make a difference.
    Hong Kong, we can do this. Your resilience, your spirit and your drive continue to amaze me and I am so privileged to be a part of this incredible community of advocates and innovators, champions and changemakers, who are all working together to make our city a better one.
    Join us to #BreaktheBias this International Women's Day and take steps for a gender equal future through your words and actions. Because by investing in the most vulnerable, you are investing in all of us.
    I'd like to dedicate this song to the resilience and strength of the women and girls of Hong Kong. The song is Superwoman by Alicia Keys.


    06/03/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    06/03/2022 - Fiona Nott, CEO of The Women's Foundation

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