Contingency plan must be publicised, say legislators

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 January, 1998, 12:00am

An outline of the official contingency plan for the bird flu crisis should be publicised, provisional legislators urged yesterday.

Members of the health panel demanded the plan be released, saying it would restore confidence in the Government.

However, Deputy Secretary for Health and Welfare Gregory Leung Wing-lup refused to make a commitment.

'It is difficult to estimate what would happen,' he said. 'We might take a certain action under condition A and another action under condition B and many factors would be considered in a decision.' But panel chairman Dr Tang Siu-tong said the administration should at least provide the public with some general guidelines.

Unionist Chan Yuen-han said the Government should tell the public what it planned to do if ducks or migratory birds were found to be infected.

'Hong Kong people are already very tolerant. But if the Government still has mismatches of procedures and so on like last time, we won't have that tolerance,' Ms Chan said.

Independent Dr Leong Che-hung, who tabled the motion on the release of the contingency plan, said public confidence in the Government had been undermined. 'It is no longer a hygiene or an economic issue but a political issue, even an international political issue,' Dr Leong said.