Yeoh Eng Kiong
(, born 1946 in Ipoh
) was Secretary for Health and Welfare of Hong Kong
between 1999 and 2002, and Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
and member of the Executive Council
between 2002 to 2004.
Yeoh studied medicine at the University of Hong Kong
and graduated in 1971. Yeoh specialised in gastroenterology
. After a 19-year career as a consultant physician at government hospitals, with recognised work in AIDS
research, Yeoh became the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority in 1990s, and was promoted to the post of Secretary for Health (a civil servant position) in January 1999, which became the political appointment of Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food in 2002.
Yeoh was heavily criticised by the media subsequently for his handling of the SARS
outbreak. On 14 March 2003, despite the rising number of SARS cases in Hong Kong, Yeoh insisted there were no signs of a widespread outbreak
- contradicting direct statements from hospital staff.
He was forced to resign on 8 July 2004 to take political responsibility over the SARS
outbreak. Yeoh was succeeded by York Chow