Hong Kong's flu clinics to reduce opening hours on weekends, holidays as attendance falls

19:31, October 29, 2009      

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The opening hours of Hong Kong's eight designated flu clinics will be reduced on weekends and holidays starting from Nov. 7, the Hospital Authority announced Thursday.

"Starting from Nov. 7, the eight designated flu clinics will run a half-day service (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) during the weekends and public holidays, while full-day service (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) will be maintained" on weekdays, it said.

The Hospital Authority said there had been a significant reduction in attendance since October at the eight clinics designated for treating flu patients.

The average daily attendance has dropped from 1,253 in the last week of September to 266 in the week of October 15. Statistics also show a remarkable decrease in average attendance on Saturdays and Sundays from 559 in the first week of October to 230 in the third week, a spokesman for the Hospital Authority said.

The reduction in attendance is a reflection of a relieving flu situation in the community, he said, adding that the Hospital Authority will allocate resources properly to support government vaccination program ahead of the coming winter flu season.

Source: Xinhua
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