A subgroup of the Women’s General Association of Macau, known in English as Association for the Joint Effort of Building a Good Home (ACCBL), carried out a survey late last month the findings of which show that about 66 per cent of respondents felt stressed about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to ACCBL Vice President Chau Wai I.
The association announced the research results at a press conference on Wednesday at the Family Service Centre of the Women’s General Association of Macau in Rua da Barca.
According to a statement released by the association during the press conference, the survey targeted Macao residents aged at least 18. The group randomly selected 1,505 people on the streets and online to be surveyed. The findings of the survey show that over 60 per cent of respondents are facing health problems, financial problems and problems with work or school during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Chau said that during the pandemic over 64.1 per cent of the respondents said their family had less income. Other than financial issues, 31.3 per cent said that during the pandemic, they felt stressed about finding extra time to take care of their family members.
Wong Kit Cheng, who heads the association, pointed out that 79.4 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the local government’s financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that 93 per cent were satisfied with the government novel coronavirus prevention work.
Wong suggested the government organise more family-orientated activities to improve the relationship between family members. She also urged the government to consider setting up a “family emergency subsidy fund” for families which are experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.