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The Ombudsman Reveals Insufficient Number of Inspections by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Pest Control Teams

2021-07-22T05:02:53.674Z

There are serious mosquitoes in Hong Kong. The Office of The Ombudsman released an active investigation report today (22nd) in response to the effectiveness of the FEHD's anti-mosquito and anti-mosquito work. The PCPD randomly checked the records of the three surveillance areas from January to April the previous year and found



There are serious mosquitoes in Hong Kong. The Office of The Ombudsman released an active investigation report today (22nd) in response to the effectiveness of the FEHD's anti-mosquito and anti-mosquito work.


The Commissioner’s Office randomly checked the records of the three surveillance areas from January to April the previous year and found that the inspection records of the staff of the Department were incomplete. Among them, the number of inspections by health inspectors in Ma On Shan District for four consecutive months was zero.

The Office of the Commissioner’s Office believes that only a selection of individual districts for review has found that the records are incomplete and the frequency does not meet the requirements. This reflects the lack of proper supervision and urges the establishment of a review mechanism.


The Office of The Ombudsman released a proactive investigation report today (22nd) regarding the effectiveness of the FEHD's anti-mosquito and anti-mosquito work.

(Information Picture/Photo by Zheng Zifeng)

The pest control team of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is responsible for pest control in public places in Hong Kong. The department will conduct regular on-site inspections or surprise inspections of personnel and contractors.

However, the Office of The Ombudsman reviewed the inspection records of three monitoring areas, Wong Tai Sin Central, Tuen Mun West and Ma On Shan, and found that some FEHD inspectors did not conduct adequate inspections of the contractor or did not enter the contract management system. Complete the record.

Among them, there are 3 teams of contractors in Ma On Shan. According to the inspection guidelines, health inspectors must make surprise inspections at least once every two months. All the contractor teams under their foreman’s responsibility, but records show that the number of inspections from January to April of the previous year was zero.

The PCPD stated that the FEHD has given instructions to relevant personnel.

The Office of the Commissioner’s Office believes that only a selection of individual district records for review has revealed that staff of different ranks have incomplete inspection records and irregularities in the number of inspections. This reflects the lack of inspectors and the lack of proper supervision. Therefore, it is recommended that the FEHD should consider establishing Mechanism review.

The Office of Complaints pointed out that in managing the dengue fever vector surveillance program, the FEHD publishes data in tabulations and flat maps, but the mosquito trap index only uses actual numbers, and does not highlight the surveillance areas where the alert level index is recorded, and the density index is still Failure to formulate levels and classification descriptions can easily confuse the public with the two index concepts.

In addition, the PCPD believes that when handling mosquito complaints, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department did not integrate and analyze the complaint data in detail, and did not conduct targeted anti-mosquito and anti-mosquito work in areas where mosquitoes are more nuisance.

As for whether it is necessary to conduct territory-wide surveillance of all vector mosquitoes, the Office considers it to be the professional judgment of the FEHD, but believes that the current surveillance model has been in use for a long time, and whether it still fits the local environment and conditions is worth reviewing.

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The Ombudsman took the initiative to investigate the justice of the peace inspection plan and the effectiveness of the review of the white-licensed boat regulation. The Office of the Ombudsman received nearly 30,000 complaints last year, a record high. The Office of the Ombudsman also investigated illegal construction of village houses in the New Territories

Source: hk1

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