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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

LeaveHomeSafe app data safe

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today stressed that the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app will not send people’s data to the Government.   The Government may allow some previously closed premises to reopen and extend dine-in services at restaurants to 10pm from February 18. Patrons will also have to use the app or provide their personal information to keep a record of their whereabouts.   At a press briefing this afternoon, Prof Chan noted that some people are worried about the app’s data privacy.   “The fact is there is no issue of data privacy because the data would just be stored in the person’s phone. There is no platform that collects the data."    Prof Chan added that she is certain that the app will help prevent and control the epidemic if everyone co-operates.
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