Doctors say government failing on child health

Children's mental health has been a subject of growing concern in Hong Kong. File photo: Shutterstock

Children’s mental health has been a subject of growing concern in Hong Kong. File photo: Shutterstock

Doctors groups have criticised the government for lacking a comprehensive child health policy over the past 20 years.

The Paediatric Society and the Paediatric Foundation polled over 1,300 parents of kindergarten and primary pupils on mental health issues. 

More than 60 percent of the parents ranked the current education policy worse than before the handover. And almost 90 percent said they received inadequate support.

The chairman of the Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation, Dr Chan Chok-wan, said the government needs a holistic policy.

He said: “I think if you try to summarise the policy of the current government, I would say that in medical terms it is palliative, meaning you only treat what is in front of you. But you don’t have any idea that prevention is better than cure.”

Chan recommended the next administration to set up Children’s commission for a better policy in children’s health.

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1335403-20170611.htm

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