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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Social Welfare Department today launched a time-limited programme to help around 1,100 residential care homes for the elderly and residential care homes for the disabled to enhance their infection control and improve their ventilation.

Lasting for 12 months, the programme aims to minimise the risks of virus spreading in residential care homes.

Under the programme, nurses will be arranged to conduct at least four sessions of on-site assessment and provide training on infection control for residential care home staff.

Technical personnel will also be arranged to conduct on-site ventilation assessments for residential care homes and make recommendations on ventilation improvement. 

The department will provide a special subsidy for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating subvented or contract residential care homes to facilitate their arrangements for conducting the assessments under the programme at their care homes.

It will also commission NGOs which are providing the Visiting Medical Practitioner Service for private or self-financing residential care homes to arrange free delivery of services under the programme to all private or self-financing residential care homes in the clusters they serve.

The department will send letters to residential care homes and the NGOs concerned today to introduce details of the programme.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News