Head, Communicable Disease Branch, Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong Department of Health
The reassuring representative of the Hong Kong government during the pandemic
Medical doctor Chuang Shuk Kwan is the head of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection, part of the Hong Kong Department of Health—a role that has thrust her into the limelight over the past couple of years as Covid-19 ravaged the world.
Chuang has become a reassuring presence for Hongkongers during a challenging period, giving the government’s daily press briefings throughout the pandemic. She has won widespread praise for her calm, authoritative and patient style, as well as for her command of facts and figures. During hundreds of these briefings from 2020 until September 2022, Chuang constantly updated the public about the situation and gently urged them to take precautions, in the process helping Hong Kong achieve a high rate of compliance with anti-pandemic measures. She now has her own Facebook fan page.
While doing her demanding job in extraordinary circumstances, Chuang was also caring for her sick husband, who sadly passed away in late 2020.
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Did You Know?
Chuang Shuk Kwan once gave the Hong Kong’s government Covid-19 press conference for 72 consecutive days—prompting a reporter to ask, much to her amusement, whether she should perhaps consider taking a holiday.