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Epidemic Elegy | Health assistance inspection, supervision, and disinfection kick: My colleague is Monkey King?

2020-09-26T01:17:37.576Z

The epidemic is endless, medical care is exhausted, and the "goalkeeper" who guards public health is also suffering. From the FEHD health inspector to the cleaners, the workload has increased greatly, handling anti-epidemic fund applications, restaurant inspections, illegal prosecutions under the epidemic, and visiting all districts in Hong Kong to supervise the cleaning of confirmed residential units or markets , The representative of the Health Inspectorate’s Union stated bluntly that the department did not instruct the priority of work. As a result, the frontline was busy with epidemic prevention tasks and daily work. Cleaners take the risk of infection and dispose of garbage in the community. They say that the amount of household garbage has increased significantly during the epidemic, and people still dispose of garbage everywhere, disregarding public health. Some district councillors said that they noticed that some residents of the affected building had unreasonable requests, and even complained that workers had failed to clean the iron gates of their units. They regarded the "outsourcing" of the cleaning responsibility as "old Feng". Has anyone noticed the plight of this "goalkeeper" class? (Fourth of the City Anti-epidemic Series)



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Written by: Chen Shuxia

2020-09-26 09:00

Last update date: 2020-09-26 09:12

The epidemic is endless, medical care is exhausted, and the "goalkeeper" who guards public health is also suffering.

From the FEHD health inspector to the cleaners, the workload has increased greatly, handling anti-epidemic fund applications, restaurant inspections, illegal prosecutions under the epidemic, and visiting all districts in Hong Kong to supervise the cleaning of confirmed residential units or markets , The representative of the Health Inspectorate’s Union stated bluntly that the department did not instruct the priority of work. As a result, the frontline was busy with epidemic prevention tasks and daily work.

Cleaners take the risk of infection and dispose of garbage in the community. They say that the amount of household garbage has increased significantly during the epidemic, and people still dispose of garbage everywhere, disregarding public health.

Some district councillors said that they noticed that some residents of the affected building had unreasonable requests, and even complained that workers had failed to clean the iron gates of their units. They regarded the "outsourcing" of the cleaning responsibility as "old Feng".

Has anyone noticed the plight of this "goalkeeper" class?

(Fourth of the City Anti-epidemic Series)

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Health inspectors must be dispatched frequently to inspect different restaurants to check whether the restaurants violate regulations.

(Information Picture/Photo by Li Zetong)

With the development of the epidemic, the front lines of the FEHD have frequently been exposed, including health inspectors.

Regional affairs, environmental hygiene, food safety, prosecution and license handling are all under their jurisdiction.

There are many recruitment discussions in the online discussion forum "Lian Deng". Some people describe it as "like and dislike", and they also say that they are under pressure no less than that of an ambulanceman. However, some people say that they are peerless shooters.

Union: All applications for epidemic prevention funds must be processed

Ruan Peiqing, chairman of the Frontline Health Inspectors Union, pointed out that health inspectors have a wide range of responsibilities. Take the Environmental Hygiene Team as an example. Colleagues work mainly on complaints and prosecutions. From the dripping of the air-conditioner in summer to the handling of obstructions on the street, they need to be handled one by one, and they must also be done regularly. Taking water samples from fish ponds and swimming pools, and monitoring the presence of lifeguards, "a lot of work is wet and broken." Since the epidemic, the scope of work has been further expanded. The Hong Kong government has launched an epidemic prevention fund to provide subsidies to affected industries.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is responsible for the management of restaurants and the licensing of public entertainment affairs. The subsidies for the establishments are logically included under the banner, and application documents are piled up.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is responsible for restaurant management and licensing of public entertainment. The Hong Kong government has launched an anti-epidemic fund to subsidize affected restaurants, bathrooms and public entertainment venues. The relevant applications are followed up by health inspectors.

(Screenshot of FEHD's official website)

As the epidemic fluctuates continuously, the Hong Kong government has imposed dine-in restrictions and mask orders.

Unannounced inspections of restaurants and law enforcement and prosecution have also become new routines. The Hong Kong government has adhered to the principle of "relaxation and relaxation." Recently, bars have reopened and restaurants have extended business. Frontline inspections must also be stepped up in response to new regulations.

According to statistics from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, as of the end of last year, there were 11,000 licensed general restaurants in Hong Kong. According to figures from the Liquor Licensing Board, there are about 8,000 restaurants, bars and clubs in Hong Kong that are licensed for sale or supply. Alcoholic drinks.

Street washing but no street washing vehicle cooperation

The Market Section is responsible for the control of public markets. If a diagnosis is confirmed, it must consult with stall owners to arrange deep cleansing and also handle complaints. If people enter the market without wearing a mask, they must issue a fixed penalty to those who do not listen to dissuasion.

The cleansing team is required to supervise the cleaning of the streets near the confirmed cases. Ruan Peiqing said frankly that he was having difficulties: "I have to wash for 3 days without a lot of water tankers to cooperate." She smiled bitterly, "Isn't my colleague Sun Wukong?"

The epidemic still plagues Hong Kong and restaurants must comply with a series of epidemic prevention measures. From 11 to 16 of this month, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department inspected 6,178 restaurants and prosecuted 66 restaurants in charge. The violations included the distance between Taiwan and Taiwan. Insufficient, the occupancy rate exceeds half of the number of seats, and diners do not wear masks outside of eating and drinking.

(Information photo/Photo of Information Services Department)

The epidemic is raging and the workload of health inspectors has greatly increased. She mentioned that the prosecution work is particularly complicated, and the issue of bills requires evidence search, proof, and documentation. Ruan Peiqing pointed out that many front-line colleagues are dissatisfied with the department’s failure to give priority to work, and they are exhausted. , "The point is that you can concentrate on the firepower for epidemic prevention work first."

During the epidemic, the health inspector must work with the cleaners to go to the epidemic building unit for disinfection. The entire team must wear full protective equipment to avoid accidental infection.

(Profile picture)

In the third wave of the epidemic, many civil servants were working at home, while health inspectors rushed around.

The infected persons are distributed in various districts. The health inspector must disinfect the housing units of the confirmed patients according to the guidelines. During this period, the contact work is frequent, including the client of the head of the household. "Many times, the people in the quarantine center are sent to the quarantine center and they have to open the door with a key. "There will also be district board members and enquiries from all sides.

In addition, health inspectors must arrange for second-level workers or outsourced cleaners to disinfect the units, and they must also be on-site for supervision. The manpower required depends on the size of the cleaning area. During the period, workers must also "watch" workers to wear protective clothing to prevent infection. "It's not easy to put on and remove shirts. Make sure you don't make mistakes."

She also mentioned that even if only one unit is involved, the disinfection work is quite time-consuming: "Don't walk for an hour."

In addition to the recruiting units, the three-no buildings and public places where the confirmed cases have set foot must also be considered. She believes that although the inspectors will not participate in the cleaning, they are also at risk, but the department has not arranged a dirty team to "divert" the staff. There is no arrangement for inspectors to receive special group testing. She also revealed that some colleagues can only "buy peace of mind" through national testing.

Once someone is diagnosed in a public market, the FEHD will immediately deploy outsourced cleaners to clean the area inside and outside the market. The picture shows the disinfection situation in the Ngau Chi Wan Market in July.

(Photo by Luo Junhao/Profile Picture)

Markets are also the hardest hit by the outbreak. Market assistant Zhao Weiwen of the Yuwan Market in the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island said that before the epidemic, there were regular cleanings for two to three days each month. After the outbreak, the market would be "overweight". If there is a confirmed case, the market The assistant needs to arrange deep cleaning and supervise the cleaners to wear protective equipment properly for disinfection, including washing the floor at a ratio of 1:99.

Older cleaners were not vigilant or did not wear masks and started work

He also mentioned that because some of the cleaners are old, they may not be sufficiently vigilant and do not wear masks from time to time. "Or they have no real nose. When you talk with the channel, you will turn around and ask you to make a big deal." However, since the mask order was enacted, the situation has greatly improved. "Everyone is good at home."

There are currently more than 20 market assistants in Hong Kong who also have the power to enforce the law. If there is a citizen who does not wear a mask, Zhao Weiwen pointed out that they will generally give a verbal warning first, "afterwards they will wear them all back."

The epidemic hit, the workload of cleaners doubled, and household waste increased greatly due to the restricted food order and the epidemic.

(Photo by Zhang Haowei)

Under the epidemic, the workload of cleaners has doubled.

Some FEHD’s garbage stations outsourced cleaners that household garbage has increased significantly by one-third, which is estimated to be related to the gathering restriction order and the banquet restriction order. As the garbage station is close to the market, the illegal dumping of garbage by stall tenants has also increased. Another cleaner who works in a single tenement house said that the trash bins on the back stairs of the building are often full, and from time to time residents fail to seal the trash bag openings, and rubbish and debris are scattered on the ground, including underwear, Stained with red sanitary napkins and masks, etc., worry about the risk of transmission.

Under the epidemic situation, the trash bins in buildings are often full, but residents often owe morale to them and throw them away randomly, causing a lot of cleaning workers.

(Photo by Ou Jiale)

District Councillor: Some neighbours asked to clean their iron gates

Cleaners check hygiene, but some people take it for granted. Kwun Tong Yau Lai District Councillor Wong Wai-lun said that there are 14 buildings in the village. Some residents have been infected with the epidemic one month ago. Cleaners have stepped up their work, including cleaning the lobby, For public places such as lifts, the management company also informed afterwards that a second cleaning has been carried out.

Wang Xuhui pointed out that unfortunately, during this period of time, he still received inquiries and complaints from the neighbourhood. Some people asked unreasonably, "Is there no way to bury the iron gate of my house? Every door is too dirty."

He hoped that the cleaners could hold up the injustice. Wang also pointed out that some residents were dissatisfied with the garbage on the platform canopies of housing estates that had not been cleaned up. He urged everyone to reflect, "Actually, there is no garbage out." He emphasized that it was not. Say good things for cleaning companies, but trash is a human factor, "one person takes one step, it’s not difficult to fix it."

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