Date
28 July 2017
Piles of rubbish are a public health threat in To Kwa Wan (left) and Wanchai. Photos: Headline Daily, Metro Daily
Piles of rubbish are a public health threat in To Kwa Wan (left) and Wanchai. Photos: Headline Daily, Metro Daily

Pro-establishment lawmaker blames stingy govt for poor hygiene

A Hong Kong-wide survey shows there are 76 hygiene “black spots” among the city’s 18 districts, Headline Daily reported Friday.

The number is lower than the 88 last year and 107 in 2013.

The annual survey, conducted by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) last week, shows the most serious case of garbage piling up occurs at the intersection of Wan Chai Road and Chan Tong Lane in Wan Chai.

It found that Kowloon City and Yuen Long have more black spots for hygiene than other districts, with seven each. The problem is also serious in Tsuen Wan.

DAB lawmaker Ben Chan Han-pan said poor hygiene will result in the breeding of mosquitoes, obstruction of passages, sewage flowing back into alleys and residents plagued by bad odors.

He blamed the government, which he said has contracted out the cleaning of public spaces to private firms in recent years but made cost the main consideration before quality of performance.

Quality should be the priority when the government invites bids from cleaning service providers in the future, Chan said.

He said district councils should consider collecting feedback from citizens on the providers’ performance and submit it to the government.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said it does not select service providers purely on the basis of their bids but also on their skill.

The department said it allocates a weighting of 70 percent to the level of the bid and 30 percent to skill.

It promised to monitor hygiene closely in each district and to provide additional cleaning services and enforce the law when necessary.

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