PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am

Drug manufacturers need supervision

I was astonished to learn recently that the Health Department conducts inspections of drug manufacturers only twice a year.

Hong Kong also relies heavily on a single source for its drug supply. These things tell me the medical supervision system is not good enough.

The health authorities should not depend on only one supplier for the majority of our drugs. This poses the threat of a sudden shortage of drugs if the supplier's plant has problems or if it has to withdraw contaminated products from the market.

I also think the government should draw up a plan for stricter supervision of local drug manufacturers. Patients' lives may depend on it.

Tannyson Mok, Hang Seng School of Commerce

The advantages of keeping a diary

Do you keep a diary? Some people do not like to because they think it takes up too much time. But I don't think this is the case at all.

A diary enables us to keep a record of everything we have done and what is happening in the world around us.

In the future, you will be able to read it and be reminded of what was going on in your life in the past. There will probably be things you might have forgotten if you had not written them down.

Keeping a diary is also an excellent way of dealing with stress and anxiety. Write down your thoughts, feelings about everything and what is bothering you.

Keeping a diary will improve your ability to write in Chinese or English - or even both if you keep a bi-lingual diary.

Keeping a diary is free and you can write it any time you want.

The important thing is not to treat it as a chore. You don't have to write your diary every day.

The key thing, after all, is that you enjoy it, not how much you have written.

Kelly Tai, Tin Ka Ping Secondary School (Fanling)

Think twice about giving pets as gifts

It seems there is a growing trend of giving people pets on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Of course, pets can bring happiness but should they be given as gifts?

People should think before giving an animal as a gift. First, they need to think about whether the person they are giving it to can look after an animal.

The next thing they need to think about is whether the person has time to take care of an animal. They should also think about whether the person receiving the animal is allowed to raise an animal where they live.

I think the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is right to mount a campaign advising people to think twice before giving pets as a present to others.

If we think twice about giving pets as gifts on special occasions, there will be fewer stray animals on the streets of Hong Kong.

Angel Fung Kit-sheung, True Light Girls' College

No soccer betting

Some say that legalised soccer betting is good for the economy. Others say it simply encourages gambling. I agree with the latter view.

Gambling is already a problem without legalising more ways for people to risk their money.

Legalising soccer betting has done more harm than good. No one wants to see Hong Kong become a gambling city.

Lee Man-tat