Stop the spread of SARS Dengue Fever /遠離SARS．登革熱 大家一起跟著做
The viral infection, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has been spreading worldwide. This has caused shock and fear. In order to help stop the spread of SARS, Kaohsiung City Government set up a problem-solving team for SARS on April 4. Not only do we require different related institutions to show 100% vigilance against the epidemic, but also, still more important, we emphasize that "over-reaction is preferable to insufficient action" in countering an epidemic. For those who work in private companies and catch SARS, according to the regulation they should be permitted to ask for leave of absence. Civil servants who are working for state institutions and schools affiliating with City Government will be permitted to ask for leave so as to guard against the epidemic; and there should also be arrangements for domestic separations. Additionally, according to regulations from the 34th Item of the Law for Guarding Against Infectious Disease and the 192nd Item of the Criminal Code, if patients themselves know that they have caught an epidemic infection and do not report it, they should be punished. Mayer Hsieh has accordingly made a special announcement: for if patients do not report infection and if the public authority does not take action, there would be serious impacts on society, economy and on citizens' lives.
At the same time, Han Ming-rung in Department of Health also made an announcement for the public: follow the rule of "Three No, Three Yes" for preventing SARS. "Three No" means: One, do not go to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and so on. Two, stay away from crowded places. Three, do not go to hospitals to visit the sick. "Three Yes" means: One, keep fresh air circulating indoors at all times and wash your hands frequently. Two, keep up your own resistance to infection by maintaining a nutritious diet and taking proper exercise and rest. Three, if experiencing a fever or cough, or having been in a SARS area or ever touching any patient having SARS, people should promptly visit a doctor who can give them the best medical treatment.
In the case of preventing Dengue Fever, though City Government and its people have made a co-operative effort, citizens should not easily relax. Our aim is to reduce Dengue Fever to zero. First of all, we want to reduce the number of mosquitoes causing Dengue Fever into zero. This will effectively stop Dengue Fever. If there is no mosquito as disseminating the infection, the spread of Dengue Fever will be dramatically reduced. At the beginning of each rainy season, the head of Department of Health takes action against mosquitoes. We must remind the citizens again: undertake "action and clearance" frequently. Remember to clear and clean your domestic environment and containers with water. Vice Mayor Lin Yung-jian also contacted the related departments to increase the number of officials checking the designated areas within Kaohsiung City. Once rubbish is discovered, we will immediately issue fines as warnings. If there is no improvement by the deadline given, we will threaten further punishment. The City Government will take all steps to ensure that people undertake cleaning rather than paying fines. We are hoping to erase Dengue Fever before the rainy season and cut the "life chances" of mosquitoes, hopefully reducing their numbers to zero.