UTILITIES | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Association of Hong Kong Professionals proposes measures to curb pandemic

The measures include smart vent protectors and long-term wastewater monitoring system.

The Association of Hong Kong Professionals (AHKP) has forwarded two recommendations on how the special administrative region government can effectively handle the COVID-19 outbreak.

Amongst the recommendations are smart vent protectors (SVP) and a long-term wastewater monitoring system, which aim to block community infections at the source and eliminate the outbreak altogether.

AHKP chairman Samson Wong San and his professional team started developing the SVP to make improvements in current ventilating pipe systems. SVP is set to launch onto the market this year after receiving full support of the Construction Industry Council.

"In order to improve the air quality of exhaust pipes, the Smart Vent Protector incorporates advanced technologies for sterilisation and deodorisation. It only needs to be installed on the top of existing exhaust pipes on the roof of the building to effectively disinfect foul air from the pipes, so that the risks of spreading viruses and bacteria can be reduced,” Wong said.

AHKP also believes that in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in buildings and communities in Hong Kong, it is necessary to stop it at the source. Establishing a long-term wastewater monitoring system to detect any new coronavirus in housing estates, nursing homes, hotels, and similar buildings can further prevent any spread.

Their recommendations include the use of the test results and scientific analysis of the virus in wastewater to assess infection trends in specific communities.

“Under a severe pandemic situation, the best way to cut off all invisible transmission chains is to implement drastic measures such as mandatory testing and reducing the mobility of citizens. Their livelihood can only be restored if cases are eliminated as soon as possible, and this will lead Hong Kong out of the current situation," AHKP executive vice chairman Pong Chiu Fai said.

Wong also commented that although the government has not been able to follow the same approach in full due to differences in the social system, it should arrange adequate resources in a timely manner and choose strict principles of epidemic prevention and more surveillance methods to continuously innovate measures to deal with the pandemic.

AHKP is a non-profit seeking organisation dedicated in promoting Hong Kong professional services industries, contributing to citizens' livelihood, upholding our core values, and enhancing Hong Kong professionals' representation and competitiveness. It has over 600 members as of 2018.

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