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Health chief visits Eastern Hospital

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today visited Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital to get an update on the service of public hospitals.        He toured the hospital’s specialist outpatient clinic, medical ward, accident and emergency department and hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre, followed by a meeting with its management and frontline healthcare staff to learn about the service demands and manpower deployment.        Prof Lo said: "Having gone through the anti-epidemic work in the past three years, Hong Kong is on the road to full normalcy. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all healthcare staff for their efforts in performing duties and working tirelessly amidst immense work pressure to safeguard the city's healthcare system.”            Noting that Hong Kong will see a sharp rise in the number of travellers with the full resumption of normal travel with the Mainland, Prof Lo said the Government will closely monitor the development of the CO

2021 census proceeds to 2nd phase

The Census & Statistics Department said that the 2021 Population Census will start the face-to-face interviewing phase from tomorrow until August 4.   Census officers, working in pairs, will visit households that have yet to submit the completed questionnaires to collect the required information.   Commissioner for Census & Statistics Marion Chan reported that as of July 16, around 1.63 million households have completed the questionnaires.   She appealed to households that have received the notification letters from the department to participate in the census by completing their questionnaires through online or telephone means as soon as possible to reduce face-to-face contact.   Those who have received paper questionnaires may also return the completed questionnaires to the department by post.   The census officers will not visit those households that have submitted the questionnaires.   For some households including those without a clearly identifiable postal address who may not have received a notification letter by post earlier, the department will arrange census officers to visit them to deliver the notification letters directly and conduct face-to-face interviews.   Forty-four field centres have been set up for the census in various districts. Ms Chan visited the one in Wan Chai today to learn more about the census officers' work and give them encouragement.   She also called for the public's support for the census and co-operation with the census officers.   The census officers will normally visit households between 1pm to 10pm from Monday to Sunday. They will wear a purple T-shirt uniform with a 2021 Population Census badge and carry a red satchel with the census logo. They will also identify themselves with a census officer identity certificate issued by the department.   People may make a prior appointment for a face-to-face interview by calling the census hotline at 18 2021, and should check the census officers' identity carefully before admitting them to the premises or providing data.   Ms Chan stressed that data of individuals and households collected would be kept strictly confidential. Such information would only be used for compiling statistics but not for other purposes.   All census officers also signed a declaration not to disclose to unauthorised people any information that they have in the course of their duties.
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