Normal hospital hours to resume Feb. 14
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Most hospitals will return to normal operating hours on Feb. 14, the fifth day of Lunar New Year.
February 8, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The Tri-Service General Hospital, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, Taipei Medical University Hospital and the Changhua Christian Hospital will resume regular hours as early as Feb. 13.
Since many people tend to come down with colds around Chinese New Year, major hospitals such as Tri-Service and Linkou Chung Geng Memorial Hospital will keep normal operating hours for their internal medicine departments on the morning of New Year's Eve.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the top-ranked sickness during the holiday break last year was respiratory infection, which was the caused an average of 6,408 cases per day.
The second most common sickness was stomach and intestinal infections, totaling at 5,943 cases per day. Skin injuries and problems totaled 3, averaged cases per day, and patients with fevers for unknown reasons averaged 2,854 cases per day.
The DOH also noted that the number of respiratory infections one week after the holidays spiked at 247,976 patients per day. Because holidays allow more interactions with crowds in public places, people are more prone to becoming infected.
The department reminded parents that children under 6 accounted for 70 percent of the entire patient base over the last Chinese New Year, and asked them to keep a close watch over their children's health and sanitary habits.