The World Health Organisation’s Director-General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun has said that she hopes to return to Hong Kong after her term ends in June of 2017.

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File photo: Margaret Chan. Photo: Wikicommons.

Chan was speaking at a press conference on Friday in Beijing, where she is currently visiting. She met and spoke with President Xi Jinping about Chinese healthcare on July 25.

She said on Friday that she had a “Chinese Dream” and that she hopes that she will have a good doctor to take care of her when she is sick.

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Margaret Chan and Xi Jinping. Photo: China News Service.

Chan presided over the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong prior to taking the post at the WHO in 2006. The 2003 outbreak took 299 lives, infecting another 1755, and Chan was criticised for not reacting immediately to the spread of the disease.

Chan will visit Rio de Janeiro next month, where the 2016 Olympics will be held. She said that if one take the necessary preventative measures, the chances of contracting the Zika virus are low.

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.