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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

Scan incident probed

The Hospital Authority today reported that a confirmed COVID-19 patient received a CT scan examination at the Caritas Medical Centre without a ventilation system installed as planned.   The authority's Chief Manager (Quality & Standards) Dr Lau Ka-hin told a press briefing that the replacement work for the air handling unit began on January 23 in a CT scan examination suite at the hospital.   Two portable air purifier units with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters were planned to be installed to aid temporary air ventilation.   On the afternoon of January 25, staff noted that the air purifiers had not been installed as planned.   A confirmed COVID-19 patient had received a CT scan examination in the suite at around 1am on January 24.   This patient required high flow oxygen with a filtered mask and her duration of stay was around five minutes.    An investigation revealed that a total of 71 patients received an examination in the same location after the confirmed patient.   All of these patients had been wearing surgical masks and generally stayed in the room for a few minutes for the procedure.   Staff who conducted patient examinations as well as disinfection had worn personal protection equipment properly.    No staff member nor patient was identified as a close contact.   One staff member and 10 patients were identified as other contacts and are required to receive a COVID-19 test and medical surveillance.   The hospital will also contact all inpatients involved as well as staff members who worked in the area for tests.   Discharged patients will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up.
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