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Friday, 10 October 2008
  Three girls aged between four and seven who had participated in the education department’s milk program were confirmed by the Health Bureau (SSM) yesterday as suffering from “small kidney stones”.

According to a press statement from the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) and the SSM, the girls were diagnosed as having “small kidney stones” after receiving urine tests and ultrasound inspections. The authorities said they did not rule out the possibility that the kidney problems were related to melamine, adding the girls had joined the milk program last year. The girls are now receiving treatment at Conde de São Januário Central Hospital and SSM said the cross-departmental work group would investigate on their families’ eating habits. Paediatric and renal specialists who participated in the consultation said that nonsurgery treatment could be adopted as the kidney stones were “relatively small sizes”. Meanwhile, specialists and health authorities officials from Hong Kong and Macau had visited Hebei Province with an aim to study treatment of children’s kidney stones. The SSM said health specialists pointed out that Macau had the capability of giving treatment to children with kidney stones as well as operations. According to statistics of the DSEJ, 557 students
had their urine tested between October 8 and October 9 and of this, six needed further examinations. Also, the SSM statistics during the same period showed that 208 people visited health centres for tests and six of them had to be transferred to hospital for the second stage checks. The SSM Disease Prevention and Control Centre received inquiry calls from 13 residents over the same two days who asked about the students’ health survey arrangements and issues relating to dairy products. The SSM said the first phase of conducting urine tests for the 10,000 milk program students was expected “to soon be completed”, and the next phase would be followed including arranging students for ultrasound inspections if required. For inquiries, call the SSM Disease Prevention and Control Centre hotline on +853 2856 1122 seven days a week.

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