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【The Westwood Case Follow-up: Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital Reconfirms Public】
【Patient Visited Hospital in the Mainland, Current Inspection under Hospital Procedures】
With respect to the suspected case that happened in The Westwood yesterday, Sam has contacted the establishment through e-mail enquiry and has received a reply today.
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital states: (Extract)
“ The patient visited our Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre at 10a.m. After undergoing an epidemiologic inspection review, it has been founded that the patient has previously visited a hospital in mainland China. Following the reporting guidelines for the ‘Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent’, the patient has been relocated to an isolated ward for quarantine purposes and will be inspected by medical staffs armed with full protection gear. Meanwhile, our contamination control group has contacted The Centre for Health Protection and has decided to direct the patient to public hospitals for further inspection.
Over the period where the patient stayed in the Centre, there were no other patients, and sanitization has been carried out strictly under guidelines. Since January, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital has reported 18 cases under given guidelines, no patient has been confirmed with the novel coronavirus.”
Sincere gratitude towards HKSH’s reply, information transparency is a key to prevent society from unnecessary fear and panic. In addition, total border closure from the mainland and securing supply of surgical masks will definitely arm citizens with confidence in standing against this epidemic. Yet, the government has failed to do so and has been detrimental to citizens’ health and mental security. I have replied HKSH that the District Council will keep in close contact with the hospital, in securing and accelerating our deliverance of information to the public.
Sam reminds everyone, hygiene awareness is important when going out, remember to wash and cleanse your hands with detergents for at least 20 seconds when arriving back home, also regularly keeping your own residential space sanitized.
Save ourselves through our own hands, especially when the government is not. Please report to us if you find any suspicious cases so that we can follow-up.