242. As the Pilot Study on Newborn Screening for Inborn
Errors of Metabolism implemented in two public hospitals since
October 2015 has proven effective, the Department of Health
(DH) and the HA plan to extend the screening service to all
public hospitals with maternity wards in phases from the second
half of 2017-18.
243. To prevent communicable diseases, the scope of the
Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy
Scheme has been expanded this year on a pilot basis. These
measures will turn into regular programmes from 2017-18
244. The Government will set up a standing advisory
committee to review and follow up the development of mental
health services in light of the recommendations of the Review
Committee on Mental Health.