Professor CHAN Siu Chee, Sophia, JP
Secretary for Food and Health
Food and Health Bureau
18/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices,
2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong
19 th July 2017
Dear Professor Chan,
Public Health is STILL under threat due to roadside air pollution
First of all, our best wishes for your leadership of Food and Health Bureau (FHB) of HKSAR Government. We look forward to establishing positive dialogue with your Bureau.
We welcome the document “Environmental Report 2016” published by the FHB in July 2017, and acknowledge the Bureau’s effort to improve the environment. Based on the FHB’s key responsibility to safeguard public health, we call on your Bureau to devise an action plan to lower the health risks of non-communicable disease (NCD) caused by air pollution.
Albeit with significant improvement of ambient air pollution over the past few years, the air quality at street level remains unsafe according to World Health Organization’s recommended level.
In the document “Promoting Health in Hong Kong: A Strategic Framework for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases” published by the Department of Health, air pollution is stated as one of the major environmental determinants of NCD. From the disease prevention perspective, it is equally important to control NCD both from reducing behavioral risk factors and controlling environmental determinants, which in turn lowering biomedical risks and chances of onset of NCD.
A research document summarizing our findings of 2017 Air Quality Review (Jan-Jun) is attached for your reference. Your feedback is welcomed. Please feel free to contact the undersigned at [email protected] or call at 3971-0106.
CEO, Clean Air Network