Author: Du Jiexin
2020-08-09 10:34Last update date: 2020-08-09 10:34
The Director of the Bureau of Labor and Welfare, Luo Zhiguang, wrote on his blog today (9th) that community infections occurred in early July and groups of infections began to appear in hospitals. For this reason, the Social Welfare Department arranged for testing agencies from July 14 to August 4 , Collecting throat swab samples for the employees of nursing homes and homes for the disabled in all districts in Hong Kong for testing. However, one home has been diagnosed before testing, and another employee is testing in his home Before proceeding, a preliminary diagnosis has been made.
Luo Zhiguang pointed out that learning from the experience of the first round of testing, the SWD is preparing to start the second round of testing in the next few days.
Luo Zhiguang pointed out that between July 14 and August 4, 2020, the SWD collected more than 32,600 throat swab samples for employees in residential care homes and homes for people with disabilities who voluntarily participated in all districts in Hong Kong, involving 1,048 There are a total of 1,085 institutions in each premises; the staff participation rate is about 86%.
The SWD is now preparing to initiate the second round of testing in the next few days. In order to further assist institutions in responding to the epidemic, the SWD has referred to the Department of Health’s inspection form for infection control measures designed specifically for the epidemic. The focus will be on measures to support private and self-financing homes for the elderly and homes for the disabled to strengthen infection control.
Luo Zhiguang pointed out that the SWD will invite relevant homes for the elderly and homes for the disabled to complete relevant tests in the next two weeks, and arrange for a team of outreach doctors in the homes to visit the homes to provide professional advice on the actual situation of infection control. We hope to further improve the awareness and skills of infection control of front-line staff of the hospital, such as nurses and assistants, so as to improve the overall environmental health and hygiene of the hospital. Reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
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In the long run, the indoor ventilation level of residential care homes should be improved to help reduce the spread of the virus in the hospitals. The SWD is working with relevant departments to explore feasible solutions to improve indoor ventilation in private residential care homes and residential care homes for the disabled; The environment and service quality cannot be achieved overnight. Recommendations related to the Residential Care Homes Ordinance, Residential Care Homes Regulations, Residential Care Homes for the Disabled Ordinance and Residential Care Homes Regulations for the Disabled must be implemented through legislative amendments .
Luo Zhiguang pointed out that the government has initially consulted the Legislative Council Committee on Welfare Services, Elderly Affairs Committee, Social Welfare Advisory Committee, and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee on relevant recommendations, and has held four "Homes for the Elderly" from January to June this year. The “Recommendation Meeting with Stakeholders on the Legislation Amendment of Residential Homes for the Disabled” is currently preparing for the amendment bill, hoping to complete the legislative amendment as soon as possible.
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