Written by: Zheng Baosheng
2020-03-31 19:52Last updated: 2020-03-31 19:52
The epidemic of new crown pneumonia continues, and the number of people in need of quarantine in Hong Kong continues to increase. Under the current system, the Social Welfare Department will supply supplies for the quarantine group, but there is no list of permitted items.
Some quarantine suspected abuse of SWD support. In addition to the "two pounds of fat cows and two pairs of chickens" and "20 boxes of dragon fruit" that were requested in earlier cases, there were also cases in which SWD purchased television sets and birthday cakes.
90% of social workers reply that services have been abused
The Chinese Government Members of the Government conducted a questionnaire survey of social workers who had been involved in supporting home isolation earlier, and received more than 200 responses. Among them, nearly 90% said that the SWD's support services had been abused.
The most important thing in home isolation is the food situation. Among the replies received by the Chinese members, some social workers said that they received a case report that they had eaten two kilograms of rice and more than ten cans in three days, and asked to buy more food. Some solitary people have been serving food for 14 days and still require social workers to continue buying. Others have designated high-quality ingredients, such as Japanese pearl rice, beef steak, fresh chicken and pork belly.
Social workers said that some home quarantine people asked to buy birthday cakes.
Someone asked for cigarettes, skincare, birthday cake
There are also citizens asking social workers to buy cigarettes and skin care products, and some solitary people are asking for 20 rolls of toilet paper within a week.
More "outrageous" cases include asking social workers to buy birthday cakes, induction cookers, televisions, designated brands of rice cookers, and even asking for a bed.
Chief Executive Lin Zhengyue said this morning (31st) that the government has issued more than 50,000 quarantine orders to overseas arrivals from March 19 to the present. To date, more than 70 people have been sent to quarantine for quarantine.
Some social workers pointed out that when the supplies were delivered, the home quarantine quarantine was gathering with friends, and some people made a request at midnight.
The Chinese Council pointed out that more than 60% of social workers are dissatisfied with the Home Affairs Department's failure to screen the citizens for unreasonable requirements, and social workers have to follow up with the quarantine requirements in person, including purchasing and transporting materials.
The Chinese Council recommends that the SWD send home quarantine takeaway menus to nearby restaurants, as well as guidelines for online purchases of daily necessities, to allow home quarantine purchases at their own expense.
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