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|This link will open in a new windowOrgan donation is the greatest gift to the patients and their family. Body organs no longer have a functional use for a person who passed away. Yet these organs may become an irreplaceable source of life for those who are desperately waiting for organ transplant.
Support organ donation to kindle the hope of life for those patients with imminent need of organ transplant.
|Hiking is an exercise with both physical and mental benefits. Not only can it improve your physical fitness, but it can also help you to relax. To ensure a pleasant journey, let us provide you with This link will open in a new windowa guide for hikers.|
|This link will open in a new windowSeasonal influenza is an acute illness of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses mainly spread through droplets when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. To prevent seasonal influenza, members of the public should maintain personal and environmental hygiene. As severe cases can occur even in healthy individuals, to protect ourselves, please consult family doctors about the details of receiving seasonal influenza vaccination.|
|This link will open in a new windowPneumococcal infection is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). Pneumococcus causes a wide range of diseases, more common ones include middle ear infection (acute otitis media) and chest infection (pneumonia). It may also cause various forms of invasive pneumococcal diseases. It mainly spreads through droplets via coughing and sneezing, close contact with the patients or contact with materials soiled with the bacteria. Pneumococcal vaccination is one of the most effective means of preventing pneumococcal infection. Members of the public should also maintain good personal and environmental hygiene.|
|This link will open in a new windowDengue fever is an acute mosquito-borne infection caused by the dengue viruses. It is transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female Aedes mosquitoes. The dengue viruses encompass 4 different serotypes. The symptoms of first infection are usually mild. Subsequent infections with other serotypes of dengue virus are more likely to result in severe dengue which is more severe and can be fatal. The best preventive measure is to eliminate pockets of stagnant water that serve as breeding sites for mosquitoes, and to avoid mosquito bites.|
|Hong Kong takes pride in having achieved This link will open in a new windowhealth indices which rank among the best in the world.|
|During the past 46 years, the This link will open in a new windowlife expectancy at birth has been steadily rising, to reach 81.3 years among males and 87.3 years among females in 2016.|
|As a result of increasing This link will open in a new windowlife expectancy, Hong Kong's population has been aging steadily. In 2016, 15.9% of the population were aged 65 and above (10.2% in 1996, 12.4% in 2006) while the elderly dependency ratio was 218 per 1000 population aged 15 to 64 (143 in 1996, 168 in 2006).|
|In 2016, the registered This link will open in a new windowcrude death rate was 6.4 per 1000 population. In the last 20 years, the age-specific death rates for all ages have fallen significantly. The This link will open in a new windowage-standardised death rate, which takes into account population aging, has shown a steady decline.|
|This link will open in a new windowInfant mortality rate was consistently low at 1.7 per 1000 registered live births in 2016.|
|This link will open in a new windowMaternal mortality ratio remained low over the last two decades. There was no registered maternal death in 2016, giving a maternal mortality ratio of 0.0 per 100000 registered live births.|
|Chronic diseases constituted the This link will open in a new windowmajor causes of death in Hong Kong. In 2016, malignant neoplasms, diseases of heart, cerebrovascular diseases and chronic lower respiratory diseases together accounted for 54.2% of all registered death.|