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Disease Prevention

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 onwards.

Mental Health

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.



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