Vincent Cheng urges the HKSAR government to send a medical specialist team to provide assistance

2020.02.20

One Hong Konger stuck in Japan is confirmed as being in serious condition

Vincent Cheng urges the HKSAR government to send a medical specialist team to provide assistance

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship has arranged passengers to disembark and around a hundred Hong Kong residents have returned to Hong Kong and accepted quarantine. There remains over 50 Hong Kong coronavirus patients along with over 30 in close contact staying behind in Japan (Kanagawa Prefecture) for medical care and observation. DAB Legislative Councilor Vincent Cheng is deeply concerned about them and paid visits to three hospitals to meet with medical staff. He also demanded the HKSAR government to quickly set up a medical specialist team for infectious diseases to travel to Japan and assist the Hong Kongers undergoing medical treatment there.


Vincent has received requests for assistance from 40 confirmed coronavirus patients and 21 others in close contact with patients. He has successfully contacted them directly via hospital communication systems to understand their situation and specific requests. They are worried that their medical treatment progress will be affected due to the language barrier with Japanese medical personnel.


On the other hand, a female Hong Kong coronavirus patient staying at St. Marianna Medical University Hospital in Kawasaki is confirmed to be in serious condition. Vincent Cheng has met with the doctor in charge and learned that the hospital is already preparing to provide intensive medical care for her. Her family has urged the HKSAR government to quickly offer assistance.


Vincent Cheng earlier organized a group of volunteer Japanese interpreters to provide timely translations through telephone to help the hospitalized Hong Kong residents and hope to alleviate the difficult situation they face in Japan.


Vincent hopes the government will assist Hong Kong residents stuck in Japan with the following measures:

  1. Set up a medical specialist team for infectious diseases to go to Japan and assist the patients there.

  2. Centralize scattered patients into 2 to 3 hospitals to facilitate assistance from the HKSAR Special Task Force (STF) , and liaise these hospitals via the Embassy of China in Japan.

  3. Send out a third STF to provide a single centralized platform to assist Hong Kong people stuck in Japan including case management services.

  4. Provide translation services and translation devices.

  5. Continue to send supplies to Hong Kong residents stuck in Japan via the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo.

  6. Quickly announce the details regarding the repatriation of Hong Kong people from Japan.

Media Inquiries: Vincent Cheng 6373 1979

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