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Second round of FEHD anti-rodent operation in designated target areas concluded with fruitful results
     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) concluded the second round of its anti-rodent operation in designated target areas in various districts on November 10. During the operation, the FEHD collected 985 dead rodents, caught 764 rodents in traps and took out 349 prosecutions. The operation effectively enhanced the rodent prevention and control work at the district level.

     An FEHD spokesman said, "The FEHD launched a two-month anti-rodent operation in designated target areas on September 11, and adopted multi-pronged strategies, including improving environmental hygiene, rodent disinfestation and enforcement action to combat the rodent problem.  In the past two months, the FEHD strengthened rodent disinfestation work at problematic spots such as rear lanes, refuse collection points, markets, hawker bazaars, cooked food markets and construction sites. The department placed poisonous baits and traps at 10 996 and 13 572 locations respectively, and destroyed 487 rat holes, with 985 dead rodents collected and 764 rodents caught in traps.

     "Apart from strengthening rodent elimination work, FEHD staff also enhanced street cleaning services and cleaning of public markets and hawker bazaars in the target areas, including sweeping and cleaning of streets and rear lanes, and clearance of refuse and waste on the streets, in public markets and at hawker bazaars, so as to keep the environment clean.

     "In addition, the FEHD stepped up inspections of food premises, markets, hawker bazaars and cooked food markets. Enforcement action against food premises causing poor environmental hygiene conditions, food preparation and scullery at rear lanes and improper handling and disposal of rubbish were strengthened. The FEHD conducted 15 818 inspections and issued 4 274 health advisories, 2 102 verbal warnings and 19 warning letters, and took out 349 prosecutions in the past two months."

     To heighten public awareness of rodent prevention, the FEHD stepped up public education and publicity during the operation. One hundred and seventy-eight health talks were arranged for building management offices of private buildings, persons-in-charge of food premises, and market and hawker stall operators to provide information and technical advice on rodent prevention and control.

     The spokesman said that the two rounds of anti-rodent special operations which were conducted have successfully enhanced the rodent prevention and control work at the district level. The FEHD will continue its efforts to carry out effective rodent prevention and control work. He called for continued support and co-operation from all sectors of the community who should eliminate the three survival conditions of rodents in their daily life, namely food, harbourage and passages, meaning the elimination of the food sources and hiding places of rodents as well as blockage of their dispersal routes, so as to work together for a clean and hygienic community.
Ends/Friday, November 17, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:00
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