Only a dozen docs to monitor 32,000 in home quarantine

Local | 26 Mar 2020 9:39 am

The chairman of the Government Doctors Association says just 12 public doctors are available at any one time to cope with queries from 32,000 people who are undergoing compulsory home quarantine.

Joyce Lee says the number of people arriving in Hong Kong and being ordered to stay home for 14 days is swelling by thousands every day, leaving the limited number of doctors on call struggling to cope.

"Our home quarantine team is not able to cater for such a large number of quarantine needs, because we only have a dozen colleagues working on shift at any one time," she told RTHK's Janice Wong.

"A few doctors and nurses are catering to 32,000 people, and the number is growing by thousands per day. So at any one point in the shift, our colleagues could have two thousand calls waiting for them to answer. They are completely unable to answer all the calls."

Lee's comments came today, a day after some 280 Hong Kong residents who were evacuated from virus-hit Hubei province were ordered to self-quarantine. More than 200 more were expected to arrive later today.

She said people returning from Hubei should be sent to quarantine centers or, at least, subjected to "strict" home quarantine.


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