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Minister of health in Hong Kong Py Lam

Professor Ping Yan LAM
MBBS (HK), MMed-PH (Spore), FHKAM (Community Medicine), FFPH (UK), FHKCCM, FRACMA, DMJ-Clin, DMJ-Path (Lond)

Honorary Professor, School of Public Health and Primary Care
Director of Health, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR Government


Dr. P. Y. Lam graduated from the Medical School of University of Hong Kong in 1977. Following internship, he joined the then Medical and Health Department as a trainee forensic pathologist in 1978. After four years of local service and training, he received Government sponsorship to undertake a one-year post-graduate attachment in forensic medicine in Guys Hospital Medical School in 1982. During this period of training, he obtained qualifications both in forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine. He returned to Hong Kong in 1983 and was promoted to the rank of Senior Forensic Pathologist in January 1984.

Dr. Lam left the Forensic Pathology Service in mid-1985 to take up clinical appointments in general practice and accident and emergency service. He was recruited to serve as junior directorate officer (Principal Medical Officer) with the establishment of the Department of Health in 1989. In 1992 he was awarded another Government scholarship to undertake a postgraduate programme in Public Health at the National University of Singapore. On return, he served as Chief Port Health Officer and Community Physician in early 1993. He rose to the ranks of Assistant Director of Health in September 1993, Deputy Director of Health in June 1996 and Director of Health in August 2003.

Dr. Lam has had a wide range of exposure in Public Health, ranging from narcotics administration, methadone programme, communicable disease control, food safety and health regulation. He has a personal interest in drug-related matters and health regulation. During his tenure he has, amongst other achievements, brought up-to-date the Methadone Treatment Programme, successfully controlled a massive outbreak of tetanus amongst drug abusers, introduced various measures to control the improper supply of psychotropic medicine, terminated an outbreak caused by clenbuterol tainted pork, launched a tobacco cessation programme and established a Tobacco Control Office. He is one of the key persons responsible for designing the infrastructure for regulation of traditional Chinese medicine in Hong Kong. He has served on a number of occasions as temporary advisor to the World Health Organization on policy and strategy of development of traditional medicine. In 2001 he served as Chairman of an ad-hoc committee to prepare the first draft of the strategy document for the development of traditional medicine in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization. During the SARS outbreak in 2003, he was the lead officer for implementing border control and various isolation and quarantine measures. His current priorities include communicable disease control, health promotion, tobacco control and regulation of traditional Chinese Medicine.

Minister of health in Hong Kong Py Lam
PY Lam backs Europharm resumption

Director of Health Dr PY Lam today inspected local pharmaceutical company Europharm and declared it ready to resume production. He checked the remedial measures taken by the company following the detection last month of drug contamination during the production process.

He was accompanied by Deputy Director of Health Dr Gloria Tam and University of Hong Kong Department of Microbiology Head Professor KY Yuen. They agreed the company's hardware and software for the production and quality control of drugs was satisfactory and up to good manufacturing practice standards.

"We were particularly concerned about the company's governance and the matching of its capacity and production flow," Dr Lam said. "We note the professional management of Europharm is now reformed, to be headed by a pharmacist with 13 years of experience. The company's standard operating procedures have also been revised." The company will introduce microbiological analysis on raw materials, intermediate and finished non-sterile products, and enhance environmental monitoring, based on the recommendations of the Department of Health's Expert Group on Microbiological Hazards in Drug Manufacturing.

Europharm stopped all manufacturing operations on March 6 so the Department of Health could investigate the contamination of the allopurinol tablets, Purinol, it manufactured. "The Department of Health's Pharmaceutical Service will closely monitor the operation of Europharm to ensure all remedial measures are fully executed," Dr Lam said. The Hospital Authority will ask Europharm to provide details of its upcoming improvement measures before evaluating the position of its existing contracts with the company. Europharm has 13 supply contracts with the authority which have been shelved since the allopurinol incident. Meanwhile, the authority is seeking legal advice on the supply of allopurinol by Europharm and will further pursue liability issues. April 14, 2009

map of Hong Kong regions

The Districts of Hong Kong are the 18 administrative areas by which Hong Kong is geographically divided. Each district has a district council, which was formerly known as a district board. The districts were established in the early 1980s, when Hong Kong was under British rule.

Population (2006_est.)
Density (/
Median monthly per capita / labour force income (HKD)
Whole territory 6,864,346 N/A N/A 5,750 / 11,049
Marine 3,066 N/A N/A 3,125 / 5,006
Land total 6,861,280 1080.18 6,352 5,753 / 11,055
Hong Kong Island 1,268,112 79.68 15,915 7,931 / 14,568
Central and Western 250,064 12.44 20,102 9,722 / 17,178
Wan Chai 155,196 9.83 15,788 10,185 / 17,788
Eastern 587,690 18.56 31,664 7,235 / 13,558
Southern 275,162 38.85 7,083 6,563 / 12,335
Kowloon 2,019,533 46.93 43,033 5,184 / 10,311
Yau Tsim Mong 280,548 6.99 40,136 6,034 / 11,114
Sham Shui Po 365,540 9.35 39,095 4,821 / 9,909
Kowloon City 362,501 10.02 36,178 6,897 / 13,122
Wong Tai Sin 423,521 9.30 45,540 4,750 / 9,701
Kwun Tong 587,423 11.27 52,123 4,845 / 9,908
New Territories 3,573,635 953.48 3,748 5,667 / 10,860
Kwai Tsing 523,300 23.34 22,421 4,833 / 9,718
Tsuen Wan 288,728 61.71 4,679 6,897 / 12,860
Tuen Mun 502,035 82.89 6,057 5,172 / 9,843
Yuen Long 534,192 138.46 3,858 4,777 / 9,606
North 280,730 136.61 2,055 5,161 / 10,120
Tai Po 293,542 136.15 2,156 5,806 / 10,824
Sha Tin 607,544 68.71 8,842 6,232 / 11,592
Sai Kung 406,442 129.65 3,135 6,774 / 12,183
Islands 137,122 175.12 783 5,659 / 11,595
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