Workgroup on Public Participation Together, We Fight the Virus
In response to the latest development of the novel coronavirus infection, the Chief Executive (CE), Mrs Carrie Lam, announced on January 25 that the response level under the "Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance" (the Preparedness and Response Plan) would be raised to Emergency Response Level with immediate effect.
A Steering Committee cum Command Centre chaired by CE was established with a view to formulating relevant strategies and measures according to the development of the disease as soon as possible. There are four Workgroups under the Steering Committee cum Command Centre. The Workgroup on Disease Prevention and Control led by the Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, is responsible for formulating strategies to manage infected cases and maintaining close liaison with relevant departments in the Mainland and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Workgroup on Responses and Actions led by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, will co-ordinate the work of various departments in fighting the disease. The Workgroup on Public Participation led by the Secretary for Home Affairs will encourage the community to take part in activities to tackle the virus. The Workgroup on Communications led by the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs will make sure that the latest and accurate messages are conveyed to all members of the public and stakeholders speedily and effectively.
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, accompanied by the Under Secretary for Security, Mr Sonny Au, visited once again the Lo Wu Correctional Institution of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) on March 15 to inspect the situation of the increase in production of surgical masks. She received a briefing by the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Woo Ying-ming, on the new production line launched. The new line is housed in a renovated structure next to the original workshop at the institution. Mrs Lam thank the volunteers comprising off-duty and retired CSD personnel for their devotion to the production work over the past months to meet the keen demand for surgical masks amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
Mrs Lam then joined the Chairman of the Hong Kong Volunteers Federation, Mr Tam Kam-kau, to distribute face masks in Tin Shui Wai and Lau Fau Shan. She visited families with elderly residents and chatted with them to learn about their lives during the epidemic. [Details]
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, accompanied by the Deputy Director of Social Welfare, Mr Lam Ka-tai, went to Shum Shui Po on March 14. They met with the Hong Kong Joint Council of Parents of the Mentally Handicapped and the Intellectually Disabled Education and Advocacy League (IDEAL) respectively. Mrs Lam chatted with the chairmen and members of the organisations to learn about challenges facing them amid the COVID-19 epidemic and their views on rehabilitation services. She also gave them face masks donated earlier by various sectors to the HKSAR Government. [Details]
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, accompanied by the Commissioner of the Civil Aid Service (CAS), Mr Lo Yan-lai, visited the CAS Headquarters in Yau Ma Tei on March 11. Mrs Lam met with about 50 CAS members who have participated in setting up and managing the quarantine centres, and thank them for assisting in the setting up and management of the quarantine centres to protect people's health.
Accompanied by the Chairman of the TWGHs Board of Directors 2019-20, Dr Ken Tsoi, Mrs Lam also visited Kwong Wah Hospital – The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Clinical Research and Services Centre. Extending her warmest regards to the elderly people and other members of the public in the centre, Mrs Lam distributed anti-epidemic kits with face masks to them. [Details]
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited the Street Sleepers Action Committe Service Centre on March 4. She distributed face masks donated by Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation to the Government, and other anti-epidemic goods to the street sleepers.[Details]
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Home Association, Mr Hui Wing-mau, joined an activity of the New Home Association to visit ethnic minority families in Yau Tsim Mong district on March 1. Mrs Lam visited several ethnic minority grassroots families and distributed face masks, leaflets with health information prepared in the languages they are familiar with and other daily necessities to them. [Details]
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, accompanied by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr James Lau; the Director of the Chief Executive's Office, Mr Chan Kwok-ki; and the Director of Government Logistics, Miss Mary Chow, visited the Government Logistics Department (GLD)'s Government Logistics Centre in Chai Wan on February 25, expressing her gratitude to personnel of the GLD for their hard work in procuring surgical masks and their participation in various aspects of anti-epidemic work. She also learned about the department's arrangement to distribute the donated surgical masks received by the Government from various sectors to non-governmental organizations.
Together with the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Frank Chan Fan, Mrs Lam then joined representatives of the Society for Community Organization to conduct visits to grass-roots elderly people in Sham Shui Po and distribute surgical masks and daily necessities to them. [Details]
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited the Social Welfare Department's (SWD) Integrated Family Service Centre in To Kwa Wan on February 21 to learn about how colleagues help people under home quarantine who are unable to resolve daily needs on their own, for example, elderly people who live alone, by delivering daily necessities and providing other forms of support to them. Mrs Lam expressed her heartfelt appreciation to SWD colleagues for serving the public tirelessly during the epidemic. Mrs Lam then took the opportunity to visit a private elderly home in the district to distribute a batch of surgical masks produced by the Correctional Services Department to the nursing staff. [Details]
CE Mrs Carrie Lam decided to pass about 1.6 million surgical masks donated by private organizations to the Government earlier to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), so that they can re-distribute them to the underprivileged. Together with Po Leung Kuk, Mrs Lam went to Tak Tin Estate in Lam Tin on February 17 to distribute surgical masks, food, leaflets with health information and other goods to a few Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients who are also elderly living alone, conveying to them their warmest regards. Mrs Lam then visited the social housing units of Lok Sin Tong in Kowloon City and some subdivided units in the vicinity. While distributing surgical masks with the staff of Lok Sin Tong to the grassroots families, Mrs Lam also learned about their living conditions. [ Details ]
The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung , accompanied by District Officer (Eastern), Mr Simon Chan visited elders and the other residents of the Healthy Village in North Point on February 22. He distributed surgical masks and other anti-epidemic goods to the residents and extended his warmest regards to them. Mr Cheung also chatted with them to understand better the impact of the epidemic on their daily life. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, visited Long Shin Estate in Yuen Long on February 18 to distribute surgical masks, leaflets with health information and other goods to families in need. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah, visited the elderly at Yan Oi Tong Woo Chung District Elderly Community Centre in Tuen Mun on February 24. He distributed to the elderly surgical masks donated by charity organization to the Government and extended his warmest regards to them. Mr Lau also chatted with the staff there to learn about the center operation under the impact of the epidemic. On February 21, the Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Jack Chan and Political Assistant to Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Jade Lai, visited Yan Chai Hospital Fong Yock Yee Neighbourhood Elderly Centre. They helped distributing surgical masks to the elderly and reminded them to take good care and stay vigilant against virus. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah and the Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Jack Chan visited Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po respectively on February 17 to distribute anti-epidemic goods including surgical masks to the residents. [ Details ]
The Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Jack Chan, joined taxi and minibus drivers on February 17 to participate in the campaign of the transportation sector to fight against coronavirus. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia CHAN, visited Pak Tin Estate in Shek Kip Mei on 4 March. She distributed surgical masks donated by charity organizations to the Hong Kong Alliance of Patients’Organizations, and to convey the warmest regards from different sectors of the community to the patients. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, accompanied by the representatives of Aberdeen Kai-Fong Association and District Officer (Southern), Mr Francis Cheng, visited Wah Fu Estate in Aberdeen on 3 March. They distributed surgical masks donated by charity organizations, anti-epidemic gift packs and leaflets with health information to the residents. Mr Yau also appealed to them to maintain good personal hygiene and act in concert by joining hands with the Government to prevent the disease. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Patrick Nip, visited the Islamic Union of Hong Kong on February 27. He met with the ethnic minorities from the Union and briefed them on the Government’s measures against COVID-19, the latest infection situation in Hong Kong and related health information. He also listened to their sharing on the impact of the epidemic on their daily life, and presented to them promotional leaflets on health education as well as surgical masks. [ Details ]
The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, visited the Hong Kong Science Park on February 25 to exchange views on ways to strengthen health measures to prevent spread of diseases in office buildings. Mr Wong then joined members of the Tung Wai Groups of Hospitals Enhanced Home and Community Care Services team to visit singleton elderly living in public estates and distribute anti-epidemic packs including surgical masks and hand sanitizers to them. [ Details ]
Together with the Kowloon Federation of Associations, the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Joshua Law, visited the elderly and lower-income families in Nam Shan Estate, Shum Shui Po on February 25. He also distributed face masks donated by private organizations and anti-epidemic gift packs to the families. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Development, Mr Michael Wong, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Ir LAM Sai-hung, joined the activity organized by the Construction Charity Fund on 6 March. They distributed surgical masks, anti-epidemic materials and cookie gift packs to the families of workers who suffered from industrial accidents. [ Details ]
On February 25, the Secretary for Development, Mr Michael Wong, visited Mongkok Kai-Fong Association with the Under Secretary for Development, Mr Liu Chun San and the Political Assistant to Secretary for Development, Mr Allen Fung, to distribute surgical masks, anti-epidemic gift packs and leaflets with health information to the elderly and residents. They also took the opportunity to send their heartfelt greetings to the residents. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Security, Mr John Lee, accompanied by representatives of the New Territories Association of Societies, visited Yiu On Estate in Ma On Shan on February 25 to distribute anti-epidemic bags and leaflets with health information to elderly families, reminding them to maintain good personal hygiene and to stay vigilant against the spread of disease. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang and the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung, went to Green Garden Social Housing on February 18 to distribute surgical masks to grass-roots families. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, went to Fuk Lou Estate in Tsuen Wan on February 18 to present anti-epidemic materials to the singleton elderly and send them his warmest regards. [ Details ]
The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, went to Tai Kok Tsui on February 17 to distribute to the elderly face masks and anti-epidemic gift packs. [ Details ]