“Actually, the situation in the past week has
However, when asked if the flu season has reached its peak, she clarified “it is very difficult to say at this stage whether it has reached its peak”. “If we look at the A&E attendance, it has gone down a little bit and has stabilised. But according to the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), we are still in the peak season,” she added.
Has the flu season reached its peak?According to CHP's Flu Express (week 29), local influenza activity was still at a very high level in the past week, and it is expected to remain at a very high level in the coming weeks. Since the activation of the enhanced surveillance for severe influenza infection on 5 May, 361 severe cases, including 252 deaths, were recorded. Separately, 18 cases of severe paediatric influenza-associated complication resulting in three deaths were recorded in the same period.
Meanwhile, the influenza associated hospital admission rates have improved. In week 29, the admission rates in public hospitals with principal diagnosis of influenza for persons aged 0–4 years, 5–9 years, 10–64 years and 65 years or above were 7.16, 1.75, 0.37 and 5.27 cases (per 10,000 people in the age group) respectively, as compared to 9.80, 2.12, 0.51 and 6.40 cases in the previous week.
Nevertheless, bed occupancy of the medical wards for some hospitals
13 patients transferred to St. Teresa’s Hospital as of 30 JulyThe HA announced on 21 July some collaborative measures to try alleviate the summer influenza season. Such measures include an agreement with St Teresa’s Hospital (STH) to borrow 48 beds to transfer patients with stipulated conditions, so as to vacate the public hospital beds to take care of the patients with
However, the 48 beds are not
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in Tsuen Wan also said the government had approached them in its reply to HK01. Both parties are still working out the details of the patient transfer scheme and no further details can be disclosed at this stage.
According to the hospital’s land lease conditions, it is providing 60 low-cost surgical beds, accounting for 20% of the total number of beds. Patients admitted must be
Apart from collaboration with private hospitals, Chan also reported the latest updates on recruiting extra manpower to solve the shortage in the medical sector.
“Currently, we have about 350 doctors and 2,200 nurses already working on
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