會長通訊:武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎II | President's Message:WARS II

HKDU⠀ Published at 2020-03-15

武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎II

 

On 6.2.2020, Photo with Christina at Facebook Headquarter at San Francisco 於2020年2月6日,與妻子在三潘市"面書"總部合照

 

 

On 13.2.2020, photo with my first grandson, Zack 於2020年2月13日,和我第一個 男孫,Zack的合照

 

   

春節假期過後,我本來打算於2020年2月7日返回香港。然而,由於我第一位孫兒的出生日期有所延誤,我改變了行程,我不得不延長逗留美國多12天。十分感謝我的親戚和同事的祝福,我家的新成員一切都順利。 他是一個足月正常分娩的男孩,體重為七磅半。

在美國逗留的24天中,我一直透過whatsapp和Zoom與幹事,工會工作人員,會員和傳媒保持良好的聯繫及進行會議。與2003年SARS時期一樣,我們立即為會員設立面書即時延續醫學進修課堂,以便在武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎時期避免近距離接觸。本會十分抱歉將原定於2月舉行的星期日下午研討會推遲,以減少交叉感染的機會。由於武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎仍於香港流行,我們別無選擇,只能暫時推遲將來在瑪嘉烈醫院舉行的星期日下午研討會,直到另行通知。同時,我們會透過ZOOM或Facebook Live的形式為會員安排“週日下午研討會”替代措施。有關延續醫學進修委員會的公告,請參閱本會通訊的P8-10頁。感謝閣位在這個困難時期的理解和體解。本會希望能夠為會員提供類似的平台令大家的醫療水平更上一層樓,以應對當前和未來的醫學挑戰。

我們得知,武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎類似於嚴重呼吸系統綜合症(SARS)會在人與人之間傳播,並且類似於SARS時期,我們提倡所有香港市民佩戴口罩,尤其是當他們在巴士,火車,輪船,飛機,購物商場等擁擠的地方以防止交叉感染。但是與SARS時期不同的是,個人防護裝備在香港突然短缺,包括口罩,以至香港市民要求政府加強跨境控制,以減少有症狀或無症狀患者的湧入。與SARS時期相比,這次口罩短缺的原因有兩個。首先,在經歷SARS一疫之後,人們懂得從一開始就保護自己。第二,武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎始於中國中部,並在很短的時間內傳播到中國各地,而SARS則始於中國南部,並要用較長的時間向北面及其他國家蔓延。

有見及此,當我在美國時,我嘗試在美國和加拿大為本會會員採購口罩。我訂購了多達80,000個口罩,但最終供應商用口罩缺貨的理由而告終。最後訂購的20,000個口罩仍在運送途中,希望這些能夠及時到達為我們的會員解決燃眉之急。在香港,感謝幹事會和工會工作人員的辛勤工作,我們設法為有需要的會員提供口罩以支持我們的會員抵禦武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎。據我所知,仍然有許多會員需要口罩進行保護,我們仍在為此而努力。當口罩到貨時會通知大家。 我們十分感謝向我們的執業醫生捐贈口罩的社會人士。

本會於2020年2月19日已經發布了一份新聞稿,提醒公眾戴口罩的重要性,以糾正一些城內某些醫療人員提出使用口罩的謬論,有關本會的新聞稿請參閱本會通訊的P.6-7頁。能夠與其他醫療機構向傳媒發表了同一類似的觀點,希望我們能夠阻止災難在香港發生。

無論如何,現時會員最重要的工作是教育香港市民健康的生活方式,採取適當的預防措施,以減少患上武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎或傳播的機會。在衞生署寫通訊的時候,令人難過的是,我們得知,一些市民還在各處參加社交聚會,而這會給我們的同事們在追踪武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎病源帶來沉重的工作。我們仍然不知道這病毒的傳播方式,確診方法和治療方法。因此,我們作為家庭醫生,在預防疾病傳播以致徹底根除疾病方面具有重要的角色。否則,如果沒有基層醫療把關,那麼一次武漢新型冠狀病毒肺炎便可能會使過去所有社會的發展及投資都全部摧毀於一旦,而我們的醫療系統也將會立即癱瘓。我們十分希望,隨著溫暖炎熱的天氣的來臨,香港新型冠狀病毒的流行率和發病率會降低。我們亦希望,透過我們的不懈努力,香港所有市民都可以很快呼吸到新鮮空氣而無需戴口罩。

 

楊超發醫生

 


 

WARS II

 

After the Chinese New Year Holidays, I planned to come back to Hong Kong on 7th Feb 2020. However, due to some delay in the delivery of my first grandson, I changed my schedule so much so that I have to extend my stay in the United States for 12 more days. Thanks to blessings from my relatives and colleagues, everything went well with the new member of my family. He is a full term normal spontaneously delivered boy with body weight of seven and a half pounds.

During my 24 days stay in United States, I have been connecting well with the council members, the Union staff, members and the media through whatsapp, and Zoom for meetings. As in 2003 SARS period, we have immediately set up Facebook Live for future CME sessions for our members so as to provide social distancing in this WARS period. We are sorry to postpone the scheduled Sunday Afternoon Symposium in February to decrease the chance of cross infection. As the WARS endemic is still going on, we have no choice but to postpone future Sunday Afternoon Symposia in Princess Margaret Hospital for the time being until further notice. In the mean time, we have arranged alternative measures in the form of Weekday Afternoon Symposia by ZOOM or Facebook Live for all members. Please refer to pages P.8-10 of this Bulletin for announcements from the CME committee. We thank you for your understanding and endurance in this difficult period. We hope we can manage to provide similar opportunities for members to update their medical knowledge to face the immediate and future medical challenges.

We are told that, similar to SARS, the WARS would spread from person to person and similar to SARS, we are advocating mask wearing for all citizens of Hong Kong especially when they are in crowded areas like buses, trains, ships and planes, malls etc. to fight against cross infection. But unlike SARS period there is abrupt shortage of PPE including masks so much so that people are demanding the government to tighten cross border control to decrease influx of patients, symptomatic or asymptomatic alike. The reasons for such shortage of masks as compared with SARS period are two folds. Firstly, after the SARS experience, people are much more educated to protect themselves from the very first beginning. Secondly, The WARS started in Central China and spread to every part of China in very short time, unlike SARS which started in Southern part of China which took much more time spreading northwards and to other countries.

In view of such, I have tried to source masks in the States, and Canada for members of our Union when I was in the States. I have ordered up to 80,000 masks but in vain at the end when the suppliers replied that the masks were out of stock. One last order of 20,000 masks was still on its way and hopefully these can arrive in time for our members. In Hong Kong, thanks to hard work of the council and the Union staff, we have managed to support our member’s protection against WARS by supplying masks to those members in need. As far as I know, there are still a number of members who need the masks for protection and we are still working very hard on that. You will be informed when the masks arrive. We are most thankful to those members of the society who donate masks to our practising doctors.

We have sent out a press statement to warn the public on the importance of wearing masks on 19th Feb 2020 as a means to correct some of the misunderstanding of the use of masks created by some healthcare personnel in town. Please refer to pages P.6-7 of this Bulletin for our press statement. With the media coverage of the similar view expressed by many other medical bodies, we wish that we can stop some disaster.

 

Dr. Yeung Chiu Fat Henry