Health officials appealed to residents in Kowloon Bay yesterday not to harass Aids patients using a clinic to be opened later this month. Residents from the Richland Gardens estate have been staging a three-year protest against the health centre. The Equal Opportunities Commission said it would keep a eye on the situation, especially if patients or staff were harassed. Commission spokeswoman Mariana Law Po-chu said members visited the clinic last week and similar visits would continue. She warned that anyone who tried to hinder provision of services to people with disabilities, including Aids patients, would be committing a discriminatory act. Housewives protesting outside the clinic yesterday said they feared bacteria and viruses would spread to their homes. Banners and placards were put up at the main gate, accusing the Government of ignoring residents' grievances. The Department of Health has set up a group to talk to residents, but the move was described as useless by the convenor of the Kowloon Bay Clinic Concern Group, Poon Chun-yuen, who has been invited to join the new group. Mr Poon said residents planned only peaceful protests when the clinic opened this month. The $250 million Kowloon Bay Polyclinic will provide general outpatient services, X-ray diagnosis, student health checks and an Integrated Treatment Centre for patients suffering from sexually-transmitted diseases and Aids. The department's community physician for Kowloon, Dr Chong Yu-hoi, said he would seek police help if normal services were disrupted by protesters.