warning over potentially fatal chinese medicine
The Health Department has urged people not to buy or use a brand of Chinese medicine 'Yi Su Kang Jiao Nang', which contains the western drugs phenformin and glibenclamide that could cause fatal side effects. The appeal followed a case involving a 55-year-old man who was admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. He has recovered and been discharged. The patient took the product, obtained from the mainland, for diabetes for 10 months. Laboratory tests found it contained the two western drugs.
icac charges contractors WITH BRIBERY and theft
The ICAC has charged two former market management contractors with asking and taking bribes from tenants. Poon Chi-kwong and Lo Chi-keung, both 59, are former employees of Modern Market Management. They are accused of taking $14,000 in bribes in return for renegotiating rents for tenants. They are also charged with theft after the ICAC alleged they stole $34,927 from the company. They will appear in Tuen Mun Court tomorrow.
civil engineering and drainage chiefs named
Wong Chee-keung and Chai Sung-veng have been made the director of drainage services and director of civil engineering and development respectively and will assume their posts from Sunday. Secretary for the Civil Service Joseph Wong Wing-ping thanked their predecessors - Cheng Tat-kwing and Tsao Tak-kiang - for their years of service and wished them a happy retirement.
Meanwhile, Keith Kerr was reappointed chairman of the Provisional Construction Industry Co-ordination Board for one year.
Two women, aged 44 and 45, were severely injured in Prince Edward by a hit-and-run driver last night. They were admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital. The vehicle was found later in Shamshuipo.