Speech by Mr. NG Kam Ching
Centenary Chairman of the 70th Board of Directors (2019-2020)
The Hon Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, the Hon Mr. YU Wenming, the Hon Mr. Jack CHAN Jick-chi, all the senior government officials, members of the Board of Directors of Pok Oi, and guests:
Today is the inauguration ceremony of the Board of Directors of Pok Oi Hospital (“Pok Oi”). We are honoured to have the Hon Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hon Mr. YU Wenming, Director of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of People Republic of China to officiate the ceremony and the Hon Mr. Jack CHAN Jick-chi, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, to witness the swearing-in. We are also honoured to see many senior government officials, distinguished members of the community and friends from the media here. There are also floral baskets and donations received from various sectors. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your friendship and kindness.
Rooted in Yuen Long, Pok Oi has been serving members of the public under the motto of “We Love, We Care, We Serve” since its inception in 1919. Thanks to the great support from benefactors in various sectors and prominent community members, Pok Oi laid a solid foundation for charitable work that has spanned a century. Today, Pok Oi is already a sizeable, well-established charity with 95 service units covering Chinese and Western medicine services, dental services, elderly services, youth services, children and family services, education services, etc. Our service network covers Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and outlying islands, with an annual beneficiary attendance of over 950,000. We are devoted to serving people of different social strata.
2019 marks an important milestone for Pok Oi as it has approached its 100th year of history. I am honoured to have been elected as the Chairman at this historic time. I have a strong feeling that what lies ahead is a mission with no end. I will spare no effort to work with all the Board members to further develop the charitable work of Pok Oi to meet the needs of different sectors in the community. We will adhere to the spirit of philanthropy and pursue an image of being youthful and vibrant in promoting messages of love and care within the society and among individuals.
Given the rapid growth of population in the New Territories West, the medical needs of local residents are also increasing. In addition to general inpatient and specialist outpatient services, Pok Oi offers round-the-clock treatment and acute trauma care. There is also an emergency medical ward established for patients requiring short-term hospitalised observation and treatment.
In order to support the development of our hospital services, the Board will continue to provide funding for purposes that include purchasing medical equipment, inviting local and international top medical experts to deliver talks and conduct exchanges, and strengthen the training of healthcare professionals. In the future, Pok Oi will introduce more new services, install more beds, and optimise its medical services to benefit more patients.
Chinese Medicine Services
Pok Oi devotes its efforts to developing Chinese medicine services. There are now 38 service units and our network covers more than 100 locations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and outlying islands. We provide professional, yet affordable Chinese medicine services with an annual attendance of over 600,000.
“Outline development plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” was recently unveiled to provide guidance for the healthy development of the area, encourage deeper cooperation in the field of Chinese medicine, promote exchanges between the two places, take forward the standardisation and internationalisation of Chinese medicine. In fact, Pok Oi has been playing an active role by organising seminars and exchange tours; conducting exchanges among medical organisations and practitioners in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; and exploring the policy on Chinese medicine and technological development. By doing so, we can optimise our Chinese medicine services and encourage autonomous innovation in Chinese medicine.
- Free Smoking Cessation with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Under the support of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the PRC, Pok Oi launched a smoking cessation programme using acupuncture in collaboration with Hong Kong’s Department of Health and Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. We capitalise on our Chinese medicine service network in the community to offer free smoking cessation service using acupuncture in over 100 locations throughout Hong Kong. Since its launch, the programme has helped more than 10,000 smokers, with an attendance of nearly 90,000. It is well received by the public.
- Preventative Treatment Services with Chinese Medicine
In recent years, the role of Chinese medicine in preventative treatment has attracted much attention and even become one of the main focuses of the first traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hospital in Hong Kong. Pok Oi is honoured to have an opportunity to partner with Guangdong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine to implement preventative TCM treatment services in the Chinese medicine service units of Pok Oi under a structured, staged approach. Specialists from the Guangdong Hospital will take charge of training and coaching. Under our plan, the first phase will be rolled out at the Acupuncture Specialist Centre of Pok Oi in Causeway Bay. Modern detection devices for Chinese medical diagnosis will be introduced to provide preventative treatment services. In the meantime, valuable experience can be accumulated for the preventative treatment services offered by the future Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong.
With a view to further promoting the concept of preventative treatment using Chinese medicine, we have established the first “POH-TCM Culture and Wellness Centre” in the Chinese Herb Garden of Tung Chung North Park. The centre offers exhibition areas and a range of activities promoting health and wellness, such as seminars on the role of Chinese medicine in healthcare and guided tours for seeing Chinese herbs. It spreads the knowledge of TCM in the community and increases public awareness of the prevention of diseases, thereby promoting the passing on of the Chinese medicine culture.
Given increasing public awareness of the importance of oral care and dental health, Pok Oi has also actively developed its dental services. At present, Pok Oi is operating a dental clinic (Yuen Long), Dental Service Support Station (Cheung Ching), and another dental clinic (Kwai Shing) opened in January this year. These facilities coupled with two dental outreach teams provide a full range of dental services that are professional, reliable and of a high standard.
- Community Care Fund’s Subsidy for Dental Services
Pok Oi is concerned about the needs of the elderly for dental healthcare and treatment services. Having been registered as “Community Care Dental Clinic” in 2012, the dental clinics of Pok Oi have been offering free installation of removable dentures and other necessary dental treatments to recipients (aged 60 or above) of home care services, as well as eligible elderly (aged 70 or above) receiving Old Age Living Allowance since then.
- Community Involvement Project
Pok Oi was invited by Kwai Tsing District Council to be its partner for the Community Involvement Project of strengthening dental care service, and was also selected as one of the service providers. We provide dental care service to eligible Kwai Tsing residents aged 60 or above. The project was officially launched in September 2017 at the Dental Service Support Station (Cheung Ching). As of 30 November 2018, we had served more than 500 eligible participants.
While the project is refined over time and has entered its third year, Dental Service Support Station (Cheung Ching) and the new dental clinic (Kwai Shing) serve the eligible Kwai Tsing residents in tandem.
Talents are essential to the development of society, and education is a cradle for nurturing talents. Pok Oi always adheres to the motto “Erudition and Virtue” and cultivates the spirit of philanthropy in students. We embrace professional leadership and teaching, create excellent learning atmosphere and work with stakeholders to build a community respectful of learning. We promote whole-person development, cultivate virtue and positive attitude in students, encourage lifelong learning and pursue excellence. We nurture students to become virtuous and talented, capable of independent thinking, and good at communication, and guide them to attain global vision, leadership skills, have appreciation for cultural inheritance and a caring attitude towards their community and country.
The schools of Pok Oi are in Kowloon and the New Territories. There are three secondary schools, one primary school and five kindergartens/nurseries to provide quality education and nurture whole-person, balanced development in students. In addition to improving the learning competence of students and their ability to master subject knowledge, our schools place much emphasis on the different learning experiences of students and life-wide learning. Therefore, the Board of Pok Oi provides funding to the schools every year for organising various activities, and arranging local or overseas exchange activities to improve learning and teaching and enhance students’ learning effectiveness.
The kindergartens/nurseries of Pok Oi are committed to creating harmonious and pleasant learning environment for students, helping them develop good character and positive moral values, so that they can become a new generation characterised by self-confidence, independence, self-learning, self-discipline and the courage to bear responsibility. The kindergartens/nurseries of Pok Oi will follow the “Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide” in promoting a balanced development in children under a “learning through play” approach. We will adhere to the basic principles of “child development” and “child learning”, while attending to the interest, needs and ability of students. We create a learning environment that stimulates diversified intellectual development. The aim is to allow students to develop and grow in a healthy, balanced manner in a safe and pleasant environment.
- Elderly Services
Pok Oi is now operating four care and attention homes and one nursing home, which provide continuum of residential care services to more than 830 elderly in need. The ten day care centres for the elderly provide integrated community service of a high standard to 6,200 elderly members, which enable them to participate in various activities and enjoy their later years in a comfortable and safe environment.
An ageing population in Hong Kong deserves our serious consideration. The “Outline development plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” helps to facilitate cross-border public service and social security provision, enhance social security measures for the elderly in Hong Kong, and strengthen the professional training of social workers in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and their exchanges. Pok Oi will give active response and work with mainland elderly institutions to enhance the continuous development of elderly care services in both places for the well-being of the elderly.
- POH Tuen Mun Lam Tei Nursing and Residential Care Home for the Elderly
Thanks to Henderson Land Development Limited for donating a site on Fuk Hang Tsuen Road in Lam Tei, Tuen Mun for building “POH Tuen Mun Lam Tei Nursing and Residential Care Home for the Elderly”. Upon completion, it will be the largest nursing and residential care home for the elderly in Hong Kong and even Asia. The new facility is expected to provide 1,433 spaces upon its completion, including 930 continuum of care places and 503 nursing home places for elderly with different levels of weakness. This will help shorten the waiting time for admission to elderly homes.
What is also of great significance is the support of various government departments. The project represents a hand-in-hand partnership among the welfare sector, the business community and the government in optimising the elderly services in Hong Kong. “POH Tuen Mun Lam Tei Nursing and Residential Care Home for the Elderly” will bring together modern technology and practicality to provide diversified elderly services and value-added amenities, which include an elderly resources centre, a sensory integration gallery, a family room, a smokeless cooking corner, a wandering path and a roof garden, etc. We strive to create an intelligent elderly home catering for the needs of its residents and their family members, so that they can spend enjoyable time together. Completion is expected in 2022, and the facility will then come into service in 2023.
- Children, Youth and Family Services
Pok Oi is operating 13 children and family service units located in Kowloon and the New Territories. There are now more than 5,000 members. A wide range of services are provided to children, youths and women to foster child development, facilitate career planning, and promote family harmony. In assisting women to join the workforce, we have launched “After School Care Programme” with about 440 service spaces at present. The full-day child care service designed for families in need is warmly welcomed by the disadvantaged.
Pok Oi is concerned about the physical and mental health of young people. Guided by the motto “Diversified Development; Positive Outlook”, Pok Oi has established three youth service units in the Yuen Long area: “POH Wai Yin Association Teen Club”, “POH Yuen Merchants Association Extreme Sports Park”, and Pok Oi Café, a social enterprise. We encourage the youth to participate in local activities for developing their career aspirations, building connection with the community, demonstrating their creativity and leadership, and leading an enriched life.
Apart from the above-mentioned quality services, Pok Oi has been caring about society as well as members of the general public over the years. The wide community support has driven Pok Oi towards the 100th anniversary. To celebrate a century of operation, we have planned a series of celebration activities and will thereby share with citizens our rich history. Some of the activities are:
- Centenary Logo and Slogan
Inspired by the long history and philosophy of Pok Oi, the centenary logo uses theme colours of the hospital, “red” and “green”, which display the spirit of loving and caring for others. The Chinese character “愛” or “love” embraces the number “100”. This symbolises the fact that Pok Oi has been spreading the spirit of and loving and caring for others, while fostering the charitable and welfare services in Hong Kong and helping the disadvantaged.
Starting as a district hospital, Pok Oi provided medical and relief services to the poor and the sick. To meet the needs of the community, Pok Oi expanded and diversified its service offerings. Every development during the 100 years signified the belief in mutual care and support among Hong Kong citizens and advocated universal love. The Chinese slogan 「博愛百年∙恩澤萬家」 (Pok Oi has helped countless families over 100 years) just summarises the good deeds done by Pok Oi over the past 100 years in rendering needy assistance to the general public.
- Centenary Ambassadors of Pok Oi and Centenary Souvenir Publication
Pok Oi owes the continuous development of its charitable endeavours to the support from various sectors, and concerted efforts to create a brilliant 100-year history. Therefore, Pok Oi invited 100 friends from various sectors to be “Pok Oi’s Centenary Ambassador” and do interviews for a centenary souvenir publication. As a record of the oral narratives of history and the tidbits of Pok Oi, the publication bears witness to the 100-year development of Pok Oi. It will be compiled by a team led by Dr. Au Chi Kin, assistant professor of the Department of History of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, and will be published by the Commercial Press this year.
- Pok Oi’s Centennial Celebration Dinner
Today is not only a day for the inauguration ceremony of the Board of Directors of Pok Oi, but also a centennial celebration dinner for the hospital. The banquet is with 100 tables, attended by many prominent members of the community, benefactors and seniors. There are also fantastic performances and a fund-raising session.
- Special Stamps Issued for “Centenary of Pok Oi Hospital”
A set of four stamps are issued by Pok Oi and Hongkong Post to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pok Oi. The colourful stamps with dynamic lines are themed on four main service categories: Chinese & Western medicine services, education services, elderly services, and youth & family services. The stamps are officially released today.
- Pok Oi X Old Master Q – Hong Kong Charity Run
Pok Oi has been growing with the Hong Kong community for 100 years, and has witnessed the prosperous development of Hong Kong. The first major themed event celebrating the 100th anniversary is “Pok Oi x Old Maser Q – Hong Kong Charity Run” to be held on 14 April 2019 in Central and Western District. Led by Old Master Q and Big Potato, two local classic comic characters, runners will run along Connaught Road Central. They will pass by famous Hong Kong landmarks including Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central Ferry Piers, Hong Kong City Hall and International Finance Centre. The nostalgic decorations, coupled with a strong flavour of local customs and culture along the way, recall the collective memories of Hong Kong citizens. It is intended to be a charity running event that features the strongest “affection for Hong Kong”.
- The First “Pok Oi 100th Anniversary Hong Kong Esports Cup”
Esports has grown rapidly in recent years. It is even regarded as a professional sport and will be a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. Since the development of youths has been a focus of Pok Oi, we will organise Hong Kong’s first large scale Esports event for charity, “Pok Oi 100th Anniversary Hong Kong Esports Cup” to foster the development of local eSports and develop a positive understanding of eSports and related technologies among the youths and the wider community.
The final of “Pok Oi 100th Anniversary Hong Kong Esports Cup” is scheduled in September 2019. It will be held in Central Harbourfront Event Space. In addition to local participating teams, there will be overseas professional Esports players invited to join an international championship. To promote healthy participation in the game, we will also specially organise a fun day for everyone to play eSports in a healthy manner.
With a long history, Pok Oi is committed to innovation. Thanks to the efforts of our predecessors, Pok Oi has laid a solid foundation that supports the development of its work. The achievements speak for themselves. I have the great honour of being the Chairman of Pok Oi in its 100th year. I will certainly do my best to take Pok Oi forward. Looking ahead, under the concerted efforts of all the Board members, we may see an increase in the number of service units to 100 and the annual beneficiary attendance to over 1 million. Our services may extend beyond Hong Kong to the disadvantaged groups in the Greater Bay Area!
I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt wish that our predecessors, advisers, the Board members and colleagues continue to take Pok Oi forward together, support the development of its charity work, and build a harmonious society together. I thank all of you for taking time from a busy schedule to attend the ceremony. I wish everyone good health, every success, and all the best. Thank you!
Mr. NG Kam Ching
Centenary Chairman of the 70th Board of Director