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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

Temporary hospital opens Feb 26

The Hospital Authority today said North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre (HKICC) will open on February 26.   It will mainly accept mild or moderate COVID-19 patients aged between 16 and 65 with appropriate clinical conditions.   Princess Margaret Hospital Associate Consultant (Medicine & Geriatrics) Dr Jacky Chan told reporters at the HKICC media tour ahead of its opening that different categories of patients will be admitted.   “The first category is those new COVID-19 cases from the community, who can be sent here directly from the community. Second, we can receive step-up cases from the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE). Because nowadays we have a certain amount of patients staying in the AWE requiring further medical assessment, if the HKICC is opened, some of these patients can be transferred here, instead of sending them out to the acute hospitals."   North Lantau Hospital Deputy Hospital Chief Executive Dr Michael Wong explained that the HKICC's laboratory with fully automatic advanced equipment, will conduct COVID-19 tests more effectively and efficiently.   “This machine could process a lot of specimens in a certain period of time. For an eight-hour shift, we could process nearly 1,000 specimens. If we perform it overnight, 24 hours, we could process nearly 4,000 specimens over the day.   “So the throughput is very high. We could perform a lot of testing. We actually have a high demand for testing. Now every patient admitted needs to have COVID-19 screening, so some of these specimens will come here for the testing, not only for HKICC patients.”   Six ward blocks provide 816 isolation beds. In the first phase of opening, 48 isolation beds in Block F are scheduled to receive patients on February 26.
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