Superstition eases the load

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2006, 12:00am

Superstition has helped ease the load on United Christian Hospital's maternity services in the past two months.

Since the hospital started a lift construction project in December, bringing the noise of hammering and drilling into the maternity wards, the number of mainland mothers coming to deliver babies dropped significantly - from more than 400 a month to 303 in January.

Hospital chief executive Luk Che-chung said it was taboo for pregnant Chinese women to be near any works or renovation.

'Before we started the project in December, our maternity wards were always full and some mothers had to stay in beds put in the corridors, but now the wards are rather quiet,' he said.

Dr Luk said the extra lifts would improve the flow of people in the hospital.