PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 February, 2009, 12:00am

Stay positive in tough times

A recent survey by the University of Hong Kong showed that the majority of the 515 respondents were worried about losing money as the financial crisis deepens.

I think happiness is important for Hongkongers during these tough times.

Some people go shopping when they are depressed. But their joy won't last long. Besides, you can't go shopping every day.

We pursue material things and overlook what we should treasure most - our families.

We can go out with our families for a meal.

Our parents always support and encourage us. When you are frustrated, have a chat with them.

To make our lives more meaningful, we can do voluntary work. For example, we can help the elderly clean up their homes.

When we see their smiles, we will be very happy.

It is important to avoid comparisons because we all have different talents.

When you compare, you may think you are not as good as other people and feel unhappy.

Here's another suggestion. You can do something funny to make people laugh.

With this kind of attitude, I am sure Hongkongers can get through the worst of times.

Sally Ho, Leung Shek Chee College

Sign up for organ donation, save lives

I was very happy to hear that the parents of a woman who died of a brain disease agreed to donate her organs. This is a wonderful gesture that has saved four lives.

Hong Kong has a hi-tech medical system but is suffering from a severe shortage of organ donors.

Many people with serious heart, kidney or liver diseases die before they can get a transplant.

Many traditional Chinese are reluctant to donate their organs. They believe they cannot go to Heaven unless their bodies are intact.

But the good news is that the number of organ donors is increasing. Being an organ donor means you will live on even after death.

Please sign up for organ donation and save lives.

Rene Lam

Time to act on hospital mistakes

The Annual Report on Sentinel Events (Oct 2007 - Sept 2008) was released by the Hospital Authority recently.

According to the report, a total of 44 incidents were recorded during the period.

More than 20 per cent involved retained instruments or other materials after surgery.

The incidents also included medical procedures on the wrong patient or those that involved wrong body parts.

The authority should take immediate action to improve the situation. It should investigate each incident and ensure it won't happen again.

When hospitals discover a serious mistake, they should act fast to minimise its impact. Hospitals should co-operate with each other to improve their efficiency and management.

A serious error can lead to tragedy.

I am looking forward to a significant reduction in the number of sentinel events in the future.

Chan Yik-chun, Queen's College

Love is all about trust

Many people say 'I love you' to their girlfriends or boyfriends.

But they don't know the true meaning of love.

Simply, it means 'trust the one you love'.

It is meaningless to repeat the words 'I love you'.

Lovers should not make empty promises but do what they said they would.

It's time to trust each other and get on with life.




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