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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

Govt receives detailed train report

The Government today received the detailed investigation report submitted by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) to the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) on the MTR Tsuen Wan Line train incident on November 13 last year.   The detailed investigation report indicated that the mounting bolts and nuts of a trackside metallic barrier broke due to serious corrosion, causing the metallic barrier to lean over to the track and the incident train hit the barrier.   After the incident, the MTRC inspected all similar barriers across the railway network at the EMSD's request to ensure the railway's safe operation.   In addition, the MTRC has enhanced the civil structure maintenance regime with specific maintenance given to the metallic barriers.   It is also conducting a comprehensive trackside infrastructure and equipment survey, which is expected to be completed by mid-May. The Government will continue to follow up with the survey.   The detailed report also made recommendations on detrainment and service arrangements, including the addition of a direct alert to the Operations Control Centre (OCC) on the deployment of a detrainment ramp and the enhancement of training to OCC and train staff. These are to ensure detrainment in a safe and orderly manner during an emergency.   The EMSD will closely follow up with the rail firm on the progress of implementing the various recommendations proposed in the report to prevent recurrence of similar incidents.   The Independent Monitoring Panel established by the Government has also started its work. The panel closely monitors the MTRC's comprehensive review on its asset management and maintenance regime to ensure the maintenance and operation management work keeps pace with the times, so as to maintain the safety and reliability of railway services in Hong Kong.
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