PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 December, 2007, 12:00am

Public faith in hospitals shaken

Our public hospitals have been rocked by a series of scandals over the past few years.

Last month, an unemployed man drank blood at Yan Chai Hospital.

In another case, the medical record of an old man was accidentally transferred to that of a pregnant woman who was in urgent need of a blood transfusion. Fortunately, the lives of both patients were not endangered.

I am worried about the lax administration in our hospitals.

A hospital is a place where lives are saved. But in Hong Kong, the hospitals may pose a health hazard.

Hospital authorities should ensure better administration in order to restore public confidence in the city's health sector.

Perhaps, the incidents could be a blessing in disguise. This is the right time for the Hospital Authority to review its policies and solve the problems.

Tsang Cheuk-wong, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Fatal queue jump

A taxi driver recently died in an accident while trying to jump the queue and get a passenger.

The driver was in his 70s. Why didn't he just retire and enjoy the rest of his life?

It's fine if he still wanted to work, but he shouldn't have been so reckless.

People today only think of money. What's the point of earning so much money, if you don't have the time to spend it? I would rather enjoy my life.

Nathalie Wong, Marymount Secondary School

Love shows itself in many forms

The word 'love' is not confined to relationships between a man and a woman. It includes family and friends.

Love comes from parents who do their best to provide their children a good education and a comfortable life. Love comes from friends who help you to solve problems. Love comes from yourself when you take care of your pets.

People who help an accident victim are showing their love for humanity. If people around the world love each other, there will be no more wars and famine. Life will be happier and easier.

Tracy Chu, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Need for tighter curbs on fishing

Overfishing in Hong Kong is still a serious problem. Although the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has established marine parks, there have been no significant changes in the diversity of the city's fish population.

In fact, the fish population has remained low. And the fish are small, averaging less than 10 centimetres. This contradicts many overseas surveys, which showed that an increase in fish population could be expected after five years, if protection at marine parks is effective.

There should be stricter controls on fishing in marine parks. We must understand the aim of the parks is to preserve fish resources.

If there is no improvement, further action, such as banning fishing activities in marine parks, should be implemented. When we enjoy the resources, we must also think of the future.

Tom Lam, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Be considerate

When I am on the bus or the MTR, I often see people putting their bags on empty seats next to them. This prevents others, including elderly people or pregnant women, from getting a seat.

I don't know why people are so selfish. Don't they know that their actions inconvenience others?

Before we do anything, we should think about others. Don't be too self-centred. It will not only make people unhappy, but also give others a bad impression of us.

Lo Tsz-ki, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College

More is better

Many Chinese believe that a large family is better than one with no children.

Although this is the year of the pig, there hasn't been a significant increase in Hong Kong's birth rate. Is having even one child a big economic burden on parents?

A lot of married couples prefer not to have children because they want to have greater financial freedom and a better lifestyle.

But having children means they will look after their parents when they grow old. I agree with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's advice, urging Hong Kong families to have more children because our prosperous residents can support a larger family.

Derek Yip, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Make daily reading a priority in school

An international literacy study ranked Hong Kong's 10-year-olds second out of 45 regions, behind Russia. This is a good reflection of Hong Kong pupils' reading ability.

Students today have more opportunities to improve their reading. Schools put more emphasis on reading skills, following the education reforms.

Students are spending more time reading and gaining more confidence in their language abilities.

This is encouraging news for Hong Kong students, mostly primary pupils. I read a lot during my primary school days.

I borrowed books from the school library every day.

But my reading habit declined when I went to secondary school. It was ruined by the heavy homework load and tests. I have very little leisure time to read now.

The city's education system is still not ideal. Forcing students to read through book reports is not effective.

Students need to develop their reading habit from a young age. I think a daily reading period in school is a good way to sustain students' literacy skills.

Vivian Chan, Methodist College