Gain insights on Hong Kong SAR in the launch edition of the Ageing Asia Webinar Series – Global implications of COVID-19 on the eldercare sector in Asia Pacific.
17 years ago, when the world experienced severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Hong Kong SAR was one of the nations badly hit. The experience gathered in dealing with SARS has ensured Hong Kong SAR is constantly prepared for an onset of another widespread infectious disease. 17 years later, when the world is now hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong SAR’s stringent and early measures to control the virus are seeing results from the years of preparedness. Through a variety of measures that include rigorous contact tracing, self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine and testing, Hong Kong SAR was able to flatten the curve.
The nature of nursing homes and the resident population served are at the highest risk of being infected with COVID-19. Residents are highly vulnerable and many homes have taken stringent measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the facility. These measures include facility lockdowns, video visitations and so on. As facilities around the world struggle to deal with the virus situation, Hong Kong has a zero rate of infection in local nursing homes. Dr The Honourable Lam Ching Choi, Member of the Executive Council, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, BBS, JP, who is also the Chairman of the Elderly Commission of Hong Kong SAR and Chief Executive Officer, Haven of Hope Christian Service expresses that even as the curve is flattened, it is important to remain vigilant and to keep the virus control measures in place. The global epidemic is a protracted war and the anti-epidemic restrictions at elderly homes will have to be slowly lifted.
Dr. Lam Ching-choi is a specialist in paediatric and community medicine and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Haven of Hope Christian Service. Under his leadership, Haven of Hope Christian Service is one of the pioneers in the provision of holistic care for the elderly in Hong Kong.
He is a non-official member of the Executive Council of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He also serves as the Chairman of the Elderly Commission to advise the Government on the related policies. He is also the Chairman of the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee.
Dr. Lam has been honored by the HKSAR Government with the Justice of Peace in 2003 and Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008 respectively. In 2018, apart from receiving Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University, he was also given the Ageing Asia Global Ageing Influencer Award for his devotion to public services and his influence on policy-making for the global ageing trend.
Ageing Asia is an Ageing Market Consultancy Social Enterprise with the mission to change the way we age in Asia Pacific. We facilitate collaborations and strategic partnerships between CEO-level business, government and community leaders to access Asia Pacific’s US$3.3 trillion silver industry through a combination of in-depth industry research and networking with key decision makers in the business of ageing.
We also provide consulting to organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market place. Each event organised by Ageing Asia allocates at least 10% of the revenue to sponsor participants in not-for-profit sectors with free tickets and discounted rates to the events. Our charity initiative is the Art for Seniors Project that we developed to promote intergenerational bonding and interaction, and to brighten nursing homes through art.
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