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Government clarifies about Health Care Voucher advertisement

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Government clarifies about Health Care Voucher advertisement
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Government clarifies about Health Care Voucher advertisement

2024-06-14 20:07 Last Updated At:06-15 01:44

Beware of deceptive advertisements for elderly health care vouchers distributed in hong kong, government warns public

A Government spokesman today (June 14) advised members of the public to stay vigilant about some recent advertisements in newspapers and social media platforms by a Shenzhen dental organisation, claiming to distribute in Hong Kong a limited number of Hong Kong elderly health care vouchers, which should not be trusted and are unrelated to the Elderly Health Care Voucher of the Hong Kong Special Administrative (HKSAR) Government.

The spokesman clarified that the dental organisation is not a listed medical institution under the Elderly Health Care Voucher Greater Bay Area Pilot Scheme. The advertisement attempted to confuse and deceptively use the term "health care vouchers" to attract customers. As a matter of fact, it is unrelated to the Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme (EHVS) of the HKSAR Government. The spokesman strongly condemned the advertisement, which is suspected of misleading the public. The HKSAR Government has notified the relevant Mainland regulatory department and relevant newspapers. The Department of Health has also contacted the Police to follow up.

The spokesman also reminded the public that the Health Bureau has announced the list of medical institutions under the Elderly Health Care Voucher Greater Bay Area Pilot Scheme in February, which includes seven medical institutions:

* The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou

* Nansha Division of the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University in Nansha

* ZhongShan Chenxinghai Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine in Zhongshan

* Dongguan Tungwah Hospital in Dongguan

* Shenzhen New Frontier United Family Hospital in Shenzhen

* Shenzhen C.K.J Stomatological Hospital in Luohu District of Shenzhen

* Dental Bauhinia Specialty Service Center (Shenzhen)/Dental Bauhinia General Care Center (Shenzhen) in Futian District of Shenzhen

Members of the public may browse the EHVS website (www.hcv.gov.hk) or call the EHVS hotline (2838 2311) for more information on the EHVS.

The spokesman stressed that elderly persons should not trust any suspicious websites or unknown advertisements. Those who suspect that they have become victims of any fraudulent acts should contact the Police.

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LD reminds employers and employees to take heat stroke preventive measures in times of Heat Stress at Work Warning

​As the Heat Stress at Work Warning is now in effect, the Labour Department (LD) reminds employers and employees to take appropriate measures during the effective period of the warning to prevent heat stroke when working in hot weather or hot environments.

Employees who work outdoors or in non-air-conditioned indoor environments face high levels of heat stress and are at a relatively higher risk of heat stroke. Employers should assess the risk factors of heat stress for employees at work and, based on the identified risk factors, take necessary preventive and control measures, including rescheduling work periods, setting up shading covers, providing ventilation and heat dissipation equipment, and reminding employees to replenish water and rest in a timely manner.

The Heat Stress at Work Warning is formulated by the LD based on the Hong Kong Heat Index. There are three levels of the warning: Amber, Red and Black, which help employers and employees better understand the level of heat stress while working outdoors or indoors without air-conditioning systems.

A spokesman for the LD said that when the department issues the Heat Stress at Work Warning, employers must refer to the criteria and recommendations provided in the "Guidance Notes on Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work" to conduct risk assessments, according to the workloads and other relevant heat stress risk factors, for employees who work outdoors or in non-air-conditioned indoor workplaces. Appropriate rest breaks should be arranged every hour, as far as reasonably practicable, based on various levels of the Heat Stress at Work Warning, to reduce employees' risk of heat stroke.

Employees must also follow instructions to rest on time. Whenever there are any symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as headache, dizziness, thirst, and nausea, they should rest in a cool and shady place, drink water, and inform employers/supervisors to take appropriate action immediately.

The LD issued the "Guidance Notes on Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work", detailing the various risk factors that should be considered when conducting heat stress risk assessments and recommending corresponding control measures for identified risk factors for employers' and employees' reference. For the Heat Stress at Work Warning and related guidelines, please refer to the department's thematic webpage: www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/prevention_of_heat_stroke_at_work.htm.

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