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CE inspects clean-up work at Lunar New Year Fair site and visits elderly of residential care home

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, accompanied by the Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, and the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene, Miss Vivian Lau, visited staff members of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) on duty at the site of the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair this morning (February 16). Expressing her gratitude to the staff members for their dedication to duties during the festival, she said their efforts in cleaning up the site after the closure of the fair to restore it to the original state would enable the public to use the venue as soon as possible. She also said she appreciated the volunteer teams made up of FEHD staff for delivering pots of flowers and plants donated by the vendors in the fair to the homes for elderly and hospitals, showing support for environmental protection and expressing care for the residents.

Mrs Lam then visited elderly residents in a contract home of the Social Welfare Department to share with them the festive joy. Accompanied by the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, and Deputy Director of Social Welfare (Services), Mr Lam Ka-tai, she extended her New Year greetings to some 40 elderly people (including a centenarian aged 117), their families and the nursing home staff. She presented mandarin oranges to them, wishing them a sweet and auspicious year ahead. She expressed her appreciation to the operator of the residential care home for their service that meets the needs of the elderly.

She also visited the 97-year-old Uncle Fook, who moved into the nursing home last year. She was presented spring couplets prepared by him and had a walk with him in the garden. Mrs Lam met Uncle Fook during her tenure as the Director of Social Welfare more than 10 years ago and has been visiting him from time to time since then.


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