Anti-Tuberculosis Measures in Hong Kong, 1950s-1970s

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Tuberculosis was one of the principal causes of death in I long Kong during 1950s-1970s. The rapid increase in population and overcrowded, poor living conditions for the majority of the population had been acknowledged as the main causes of tuberculosis. The government was determined to reestablish I long Kong's economic and control of communicable diseases to protect the reputation of healthy international port. Several anti-tuberculosis measures were implemented under the supervisory of government and the co-operation of non-government organizations. For example. BCG vaccination campaign was carried out that targeted newborns with the assistant of World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund. Also, government developed the chest service and established additional chest clinics. As well as, the Hong Kong Anti-Tuberculosis Association played a significant role in providing treatment of the tuberculosis especially hospital care. This paper discusses the widespread of tuberculosis in Hong Kong, thereby focusing not only on the difficulties of establishing sanitation and public health systems, but also examining the political complexities of social order which affects and shapes various factors in disease transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2019
Event15th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, ICHSEA 2019 - Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201923 Aug 2019


Conference15th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, ICHSEA 2019
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
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