In view of the rapid global spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the surge in local confirmed cases, many employers and employees are increasingly concerned about the workplace hygiene. With a mission to serve the community with our medical professionalism, CUHK Medical Centre (CUHKMC) launches “Workplace Preparedness Programme” (hereafter referred to as “the Programme”) to provide companies and organisations with customised advisory service on workplace and staff infection control and risk assessment. Through the Programme, CUHKMC aims to enhance corporate capabilities to react to infectious diseases and to provide employees with greater protection, and ultimately to minimise the risk of community transmission.
Though some companies have implemented the work-from-home arrangement, for some industries, employees still need to work in offices or designated locations due to business and operational needs. Virus can easily spread in dense places and through close contact. Places such as office indeed can easily become the hub for disease transmission with many unnoticed “transmission traps”. Infection control in workplace is therefore not only important to companies and organisations, but also critical for Hong Kong as a whole in combating infectious diseases.
CUHKMC aims to become the “health and infection control partner” of companies and organisations through the Programme. Upholding the not-for-profit principle, CUHKMC aims to contribute to the community with its medical professionalism and help enhance the corporate capabilities to react to infectious diseases.
Dr. Fung Hong, Chief Executive Officer of CUHKMC said, “With the COVID-19 pandemic raging throughout the world, we need to be prepared and equipped for a prolonged battle against the disease. All of us should remain vigilant and work together to combat the pandemic. Through the Workplace Preparedness Programme, CUHKMC hopes to contribute to the community by sharing our professional knowledge with companies and organisations to enhance their preparedness against infectious diseases. This will help reduce transmission risks at workplace, and more importantly, prevent spread of diseases in the community.
Dr. Jacqueline Choi, specialist in public health medicine of CUHKMC and one of the advisory members of the Programme, added, “There are many commonly shared facilities and areas in workplace, such as computers, stationeries, pantries and conference rooms. Meanwhile, frequently touched surfaces including keyboards, buttons and handrails can also become the medium for spreading virus. Indeed, by adopting some refinement to the workflow and workplace environment, early detection of asymptomatic cases, and promoting personal hygiene awareness, we can already effectively lower the infection risk. This is actually what the Programme aims for.”
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To further enhance the public awareness, CUHKMC will stage its first ever Facebook Live Forum on disease prevention within workplace on 8 April 2020 (Wednesday) at 1:00p.m. via the CUHKMC Facebook Page. All members of the public are welcome to join. The guest speakers will address participants’ enquiries in the question-and-answer session.
[CUHKMC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cuhkmedicalcentre/]
About CUHK Medical Centre
CUHK Medical Centre (CUHKMC) is a non-profit, private teaching hospital wholly owned by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). With a social mission to bridge the service gaps between private and public healthcare in Hong Kong, CUHKMC is dedicated to offering quality healthcare service at affordable and transparent package prices. In line with the not-for-profit principle, all surpluses from all healthcare services will be ploughed back to the hospital for hospital development and the CUHK Faculty of Medicine for research and teaching.
In late March 2019, CUHKMC has opened in Tsim Sha Tsui its first specialist clinic, CUHK Medical Clinic (https://cuclinic.hk/en/), which provides a broad range of specialist out-patient services to patients, including Cardiology, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) and Public Health Medicine, as well as diversified health check services and vaccination services.