The Department of Health today announced further adjustments to its services in response to the latest developments of the novel coronavirus infection.


Health assessments and allied health appointments of all elderly health centres will be suspended. Yau Ma Tei Elderly Health Centre will be closed from February 17. 


The opening hours of the remaining 17 centres will also be adjusted, with nine opening every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and eight opening every Tuesday and Thursday.


The directly observed treatment service every Saturday morning of seven chest clinics will be suspended from February 15, including Shau Kei Wan, Kowloon, Sai Ying Pun, Shek Kip Mei, East Kowloon, Tai Po and Tung Chung chest clinics.


Cheung Chau chest clinic will be open on Fridays every four weeks starting from February 21.


Five maternal and child health centres will be closed from February 17. They are East Kowloon, Wang Tau Hom, Wu York Yu, Yan Oi and Ma On Shan maternal and child health centres. 


Services of the remaining centres will also be adjusted or suspended. 


The staff of the clinics will make separate arrangements for affected users with prior appointments.


The department also pointed out that to enhance infection control measures, including minimising people flow and social contacts, family members and friends should avoid accompanying clients to visit maternal and child health centres or other clinics and facilities.