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Group says health workers lack vital protective gear

2020-02-19 HKT 22:36
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  • The Citizens' Press Conference says some wards are receiving no protective gear at all. Photo: RTHK
    The Citizens' Press Conference says some wards are receiving no protective gear at all. Photo: RTHK
Frontline medical staff on Wednesday complained that the lack of protective equipment was getting worse as they battle the outbreak of Covid-19 in the SAR, and criticised the Hospital Authority (HA) over the way it's managing the situation.

During a briefing organised by the protest group, the Citizens' Press Conference, one nurse said that even medics in operating theatres only get one mask for the whole day.

Another nurse from a central Kowloon hospital, said the HA says it's always followed World Health Organization guidelines, but it's downgraded standards on the use of protective gear - because supplies are running low.

He said he's concerned that at some point the Authority will run out of an item and decree that it's no longer necessary.

"The frontline staff are very angry - where is our bottom line?" he said.

A spokesman for the Citizens' Press conference, who gave his name as "Lark O'Prep", said the group recently surveyed 100 hospital workers.

He said the results showed that some wards receive no protective gear at all, and there's a shortage in the internal medicine units at Shatin Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital.

Joseph Lee, who chairs the Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff, says the Association has pushed the HA to provide adequate equipment, and publicise the procurement process and stock levels regularly.

Lee, who's the lawmaker for the health services legislator says they've relayed the views of healthcare workers to the HA, and believes this has helped the situation.