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HK urged to support breastfeeding

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today appealed for cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2021.   To support breastfeeding in Hong Kong, the Government has enacted laws including the extension of statutory paternity leave to five days, extension of statutory maternity leave from 10 to 14 weeks, and amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance which prohibits discrimination and harassment towards breastfeeding women.   The Department of Health also began procedures in March this year to pursue the designation of five more Maternal & Child Health Centres to support and facilitate breastfeeding.   The "Breastfeeding GPS" mobile app, which contains the latest information of over 430 baby care rooms to help parents locate breastfeeding facilities all over Hong Kong was launched in September last year.   The Government has also been promoting and supporting breastfeeding thro

3k civil servants join testing operation

Around 3,000 civil servants from disciplined services and various departments participated in the compulsory testing operation at the specified restricted area in Jordan last week.   The Government made the statement in response to media enquiries on the deployment of civil servants that participated in the testing operation, noting that colleagues of the Home Affairs Department and the Department of Health played an essential role in the exercise.   It also revealed that staff from the Housing Department, the Labour Department, the Civil Engineering & Development Department, the Drainage Services Department, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department and the Water Supplies Department also took part in the operation.   The Government pointed out that the preparation for the operation was intense as it required the deployment of a large amount of manpower in a very short period of time.   Colleagues from various departments conducted 3,650 home visits, collected specimens at homes for the elderly and people with impaired mobility, provided food packs and cleansing consumables to residents, delivered hot meals to those in need, and arranged rest areas for people without accommodation.   The Government noted that the operation was smoothly conducted, not only because of the co-operation of the some 7,000 residents in the restricted area and the set up of temporary specimen collection stations by the contractors, but also the efforts of the civil service colleagues involved.   It stated that departments will be happy to answer any questions from colleagues regarding the manpower planning of relevant operations.   It stressed that any misinformation or false allegations disclosed by colleagues will not only impair the Government's efforts in fighting against the epidemic, but also the image of the civil service, which is unfair to participating colleagues.   The Government reiterated that it is the duty of all departments and civil servants to participate in anti-epidemic work.   It added that it believes the majority of civil servants would, with public interest in mind, like to participate in relevant operations in order for the epidemic to end in Hong Kong as soon as possible.
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