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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

Anti-epidemic rule violations probed

The Home Affairs Department's Office of the Licensing Authority and the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department today conducted a joint investigation into suspected violations of anti-epidemic regulations at the Hong Kong Scout Centre in Jordan.   The investigation was conducted in accordance with the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation and the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation.   According to recent media reports, the person responsible for a clubhouse at the centre on 8 Austin Road was suspected of not complying with relevant requirements and directions issued by the Secretary for Food & Health in relation to clubhouses on April 10 and had arranged a banquet of more than 20 people.   Moreover, patrons who had organised a banquet at the centre for about 100 guests on the same day, were suspected of violating the relevant restrictions on group gatherings.   The Home Affairs Department urged those who had joined the banquet on April 10 and other people in the know to come forward and contact the Office of the Licensing Authority at 2881 7498 to provide relevant information to assist in the investigation.   Depending on the progress of the investigation, the authority may consider further legal action, including listing the people as wanted and/or instigating prosecution.   The authority will continue to proactively take stringent enforcement action and step up inspections at clubhouses across the city to ensure that those responsible for the premises and the patrons strictly comply with relevant provisions in the regulations for the prevention and control of diseases.
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