BOC-HKBU Chinese Medicine Community Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation Scheme offers free rehabilitation services to low-income stroke patients
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH) Welfare Council Limited have received a generous donation from Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (BOCHK) for the three-year “BOC–HKBU Chinese Medicine Community Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation Scheme”. The Scheme provides free Chinese medicine rehabilitation treatments to 500 eligible low-income stroke patients, and it also offers free preventive treatments and tracking assessments to 1,200 people who have a medium to high risk of having a stroke.
The launch ceremony for the Scheme was held on 29 July on the HKBU campus. Dr. Cheung Wai Lun, Project Director of the Chinese Medicine Hospital Project Office, the Food and Health Bureau; Mr. Jimmy Sun, General Manager of the Institutional Business Department, BOCHK; Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; and Dr. Lee Ching Yee, Director of HKSKH Welfare Council Limited, officiated at the ceremony. Please click here for the details of the Ceremony.
The BOC–HKBU Chinese Medicine Community Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation Scheme, which started in October 2020 and runs until September 2023, mainly serves people aged 60 or above who are Comprehensive Social Security Assistance or Old Age Living Allowance recipients, or stroke patients from low-income families. Under the Scheme, experts from HKBU’s School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) will form treatment teams and formulate a six-month treatment programme for stroke patients. The Scheme will also provide counselling and support services for older stroke patients and their family members.
In addition, SCM will offer training to suitable older people who can then go on and serve as Chinese medicine senior ambassadors for stroke prevention. Using a soon-to-be-launched website, the ambassadors will assess the risk of stroke in other older people in the community and promote stroke prevention messages. Around 1,200 older people with a moderate to high risk of stroke will be referred to the HKSKH Welfare Council’s elderly centres to undergo a one-year preventive treatment programme and follow-up assessments. The website will also provide recommendations on balanced diets and appropriate exercises for people with a low to medium risk of stroke, and alert high-risk individuals to seek medical treatment.