The Hong Kong Jockey Club has donated over HK$100 million through its Charities Trust to provide rehabilitation support for Covid patients, with more than 40,000 Hongkongers benefiting.
The Jockey club announced on Thursday that it launched a scheme in September, in cooperation with some non-government organizations, to assist recovering patients who showed symptoms of long-Covid
Around 10-20 percent of people may continue to experience mid to long-term effects of Covid
, according to the research of the Department of Health, noting the post symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction, and headache, which may have an impact on everyday functioning.
A total of three sections of services will be included in the support scheme, said Gabriel Leung, Executive Director (Charities and Community) of the Jockey Club, ranging from Community Support Service, Residential Support Service, to Self-Management Support Service.
“The largest target group of the scheme will be the underprivileged,” he said, estimating about 40,000 people will benefit directly from this scheme, while 30,000 would see their rehabilitation process improved.
Community Support Service will be the section first deployed and will be open to applications until May next year, Leung claimed, with eight non-government organizations joining the scheme to provide rehabilitation services to 10,000 eligible people.