Since the introduction of preventive measures against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) by the Government of HKSAR nearly two weeks ago on 27th March 2003, there is no sign of decrease in the number of new patients contracting SARS in the community. Hong Kong Doctors Union calls on the Government to step up control by introducing the following measures to contain the disease and to safeguard the health, life and economy of the region before the public healthcare system collapses.
Apart from providing comprehensive financial and spiritual support and a safe environment to our frontline health care providers especially those in the public sector, Hong Kong Government needs:
- To ensure wearing of effective masks by citizens in crowded areas to protect themselves unless contraindicated for medical reasons. To make wearing of effective masks mandatory for all citizens with respiratory symptoms at all time to protect others in public areas;
- To implement medical surveillance for visitors from infected areas for at least 10 days, to quarantine visitors suspected suffering from SARS, and to consider barring traveling for leisure between Hong Kong and Mainland China for one month subject to further review so as to decrease the influx of SARS patients to the community;
- To strictly enforce quarantine and isolation measures for all hospital staff caring SARS patients and contacts;
- To disinfect all affected premises public or private;
- To announce daily a list of SARS patients with information of all places or countries they visited and where they came from prior to their illness, including Mainland China and other countries;
- To produce a list of infected doctors who have contracted SARS on a voluntary basis for public interest.
Contact person: Dr. Yeung Chiu Fat, President, Hong Kong Doctors Union
Pager - 7838 2831