Secretary for Health to attend World Health Assembly in Switzerland

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Professor Lo Chung-mau

25th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Health Secretary Professor Lo Chung-mau is set to embark on a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, today to participate in the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) organized by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Additionally, he will visit pharmaceutical companies and a hospital in Basel and Zurich to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange on health and medical innovation between the two regions.

As a member of the Chinese delegation, Professor Lo will attend the 77th WHA on May 27 (Geneva time). This year’s assembly centres around the theme “All for Health, Health for All,” with crucial discussions encompassing topics such as universal health coverage, infection prevention and control, International Health Regulations, antimicrobial resistance, non-communicable disease prevention and control, health promotion, and WHO’s preparedness and response to public health emergencies.

While in Geneva, Professor Lo will engage in productive discussions with senior WHO officials on matters related to public health. Following his participation in the WHA, he will proceed to Basel and Zurich to commence his visit to Switzerland. During this leg of the trip, he plans to meet experts, academics, and professionals in the local medical, pharmaceutical, and health innovation sectors. Professor Lo will present the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s initiatives to establish itself as a hub for health and medical innovation, improve the drug evaluation and registration process, and foster clinical trial development.

Accompanying Professor Lo on the trip is Director of Health Dr. Ronald Lam. They are scheduled to return to Hong Kong on 31st May. During Professor Lo’s absence, Dr. Libby Lee, the Under Secretary for Health, will assume the role of Acting Secretary for Health.