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Ebola Preparedness Seminar

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Ebola Preparedness Seminar

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPR) organized an Ebola Preparedness Seminar on 20 August 2014, jointly with the Hong Kong Medical Association. The seminar was supported by the Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong.

Dr Donald Li, President of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, said, "Hong Kong as a leading international destination for worldwide travellers is potentially vulnerable to an Ebola outbreak. As WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan iterated, the most important aspect in managing the current Ebola threat is not to be complacent." Dr the Hon Ko Wing-man, who attended the opening ceremony as Guest of Honour, urged the healthcare profession and the public to prepare our city for the fight against the deadly Ebola disease.

The half-day seminar aimed to provide healthcare professionals, especially medical doctors in private practice, with some much-needed knowledge and techniques in identifying Ebola symptoms and dealing with suspected patients in the community setting. The seminar featured a scientific session and a practical session on donning and doffing of personal protective equipment. It attracted the participation of more than 100 healthcare practitioners.