Written by: Comment Editor
2020-04-02 12:00Last updated: 2020-04-02 12:00
Following the earlier anti-revision storm, and after the worldwide pandemic of new coronary pneumonia, the medical profession in Hong Kong has had a bumpy year. The University of Hong Kong, whose funding for medical teaching facilities was withdrawn that day, recently found that the golden Syrian hamster (animated character "Taro" prototype) can simulate human infection. Chen Fuhe, a clinical assistant professor who has led the research team, believes that the discovery will help the world to achieve effective animal model experiments as soon as possible, and facilitate drug and epidemic research.
Chen Fuhe, a clinical assistant professor who has led the research team, believes that the discovery will help the world to achieve effective animal model experiments as soon as possible, and facilitate drug and epidemic research. (Profile picture)
Something to ask the university to withdraw funds
Since the spread of the epidemic in Hong Kong, the universities of Hong Kong have conducted research on the human needs for epidemic prevention. For example, the University of Hong Kong found that “Hamtaro” is helpful in simulating infectious conditions. In March, it developed a two-hour rapid test technology. Pathogens; the University of Science and Technology has also developed intelligent sterilization coatings that can maintain 90 days on different materials, or can help schools and elderly homes to fight the epidemic. The "epidemic technology" of many universities cannot be exhausted.
Citizens are cheering for the research results of universities in Hong Kong, but they may not forget that the funding for universities has been withdrawn. In November last year, on the grounds of disagreement, the government suddenly withdrew funding of 1.418 billion yuan from the Polytechnic University. The expansion of the teaching and research building and library originally intended for medical training ended without problems. The Bureau of Financial Affairs and the Treasury later sent a letter to the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, and on the grounds of concerns expressed by some members, withdrew two medical teaching facilities projects of the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University, involving a total of 250 million yuan. Within a month, funding for many universities was withdrawn, and about 1.8 billion yuan was withdrawn before and after. Many of these projects related to medical research. Today ’s epidemic has hit Hong Kong as if it were a good idea.
Technology research and development must invest a lot of time and money, and the results are not overnight. University grants are related to local technology development and personnel training. The government's investment in scientific research is worthy of review. Last year, many grants turned into "cannon fodder" in social incidents, which even disappointed many citizens. With the new crown pneumonia coming to Hong Kong, many universities have developed different technologies. Perhaps the government should use "Thamutaro" to settle and reflect. At that time, some members who had contributed to the Government's withdrawal of funds should also re-examine the teaching needs of universities. Don't be embarrassed and mislead the future of medical development in Hong Kong.
The government should use "Tottoko Hamutaro" to precipitate reflection. (Screenshot of Hamtaro)
Proactive funding meets needs
With the increase in the number of UGC-funded and medical-related bachelor's degree places, the expansion of university teaching facilities was foreseeable, but last year the government suddenly did the opposite and it was difficult for the public to accept it. In order to meet future needs, the government must not only resubmit the funds withdrawn last year to the Legislative Council for review, but the scope of its funding should not be limited to hardware expansion. In addition to hardware classrooms and facilities, the medical departments of various universities need to expand the number of professors in order to increase the number of students, so that teachers can have enough time to correct students.
The medical profession involves patient health, and even slight errors can bring risks. However, as the number of students increased, the proportion of teachers did not increase. During the interview, some medical students from universities pointed out that during the surgical internship, due to the large number of students, usually only one student in a group can complete the complete examination for the patient and was corrected by the professor. As for the other students, most of them have to wait for the exam to come before they can be taught corrective skills. It has been nearly half a year since the government withdrew funding in November last year. The government must seize the time and resubmit last year's funding. It should also actively increase its funding and increase funding for teachers to recover the lost time.
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