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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today said it has completed or initiated intensive anti-rodent operations in 11 of its markets and will extend the operations to most of its markets.

The 11 markets are Lai Wan, Ap Lei Chau, Kam Tin, Lockhart Road, To Kwa Wan, Sha Tin, Yue Kwong Road, Hung Hom, Ngau Chi Wan, Tai Shing Street and Quarry Bay.

The first phase of the operation will start in October to cover the markets with a high patronage rate in Wong Tai Sin, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City.

Since August, the FEHD has conducted joint operations with the Housing Department, Leisure & Cultural Services Department, and public and private market operators, as well as stepped up anti-rodent work in the surrounding areas of markets.

For one and a half months, over 100 joint operations were conducted with poisonous baits and traps placed at 9,000 locations, about 250 rat holes destroyed, around 400 dead rodents collected and 300 rodents caught in traps.

During the epidemic, the FEHD has further enhanced anti-epidemic measures in its markets, and cleaning and disinfection in communal market areas and facilities. In addition to regular cleaning work in the daytime, the market service contractors conduct thorough cleaning in all markets after they are closed each day.

Amid the severe COVID-19 epidemic situation in July and August, the FEHD additionally arranged for over 60 public markets to be closed an hour earlier for deep cleaning and disinfection. In addition, it carried out deep cleaning work on the periphery of the markets and nearby streets.

To sustain its effectiveness, the FEHD has regularised the relevant measure progressively. Most of its public markets, based on the circumstances, will be closed an hour earlier for deep cleaning and disinfection once every three months, with the first phase to begin in October to cover 18 public markets.

Meanwhile, there have been news reports about some market fish stall tenants having provided shared towels at the stalls for use by customers, which may increase the risk of cross infection.

The FEHD therefore reminded its fish stall tenants not to provide shared towels, and consider substituting these with disposable tissues. Tenants have also been reminded to advise customers not to touch seafood and to assist customers in choosing seafood as far as possible.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News