Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong today visited the specimen collection centre at Harbour Road Sports Centre to learn about the specimen collection process of the free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs).

 

The testing service is for FDHs whose previous employment contracts have expired or terminated and who are waiting to join the new employers’ family. The test is voluntary and free of charge.     

 

Eligible FDHs are required to make a prior appointment by telephone and provide their specimens at a specified time slot at the centre.

 

The centre will operate until September 30.

 

As at noon today, 239 FDHs have made an appointment for taking the test.

 

Dr Law strongly encourages FDHs staying in boarding facilities to actively participate in the free test to safeguard their health, especially before they join their new employers’ family.

 

“Employers are advised to check that their new FDHs have a valid negative test result before joining the family.”

 

Employment agencies are also encouraged to help FDHs register for and take the test at the specimen collection centre, Dr Law added.