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  1. Minister proposes new role of 'integrator' for health director

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... The director of health could in future be an 'integrator' of health systems and act as an adviser to the government, Hong Kong's health minister says. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong suggested that such a revised role would see the health chief advise the government on health financing, commissioning of services and the merging of public ...

  2. Health agency to take the lead in battle against Sars

    Posted Dec 19th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy The long-awaited Centre for Health Protection will open in the middle of next year to cope with a possible return of Sars and with other deadly diseases, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong announced yesterday. The centre, which will be an agency within the Department of Health, will be headed by a chief health protection controller who will report ...

  3. Health-care firm opens its heart to help youngsters

    Posted Dec 08th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Sophie Taylor Health-care provider Quality HealthCare Asia has pledged to donate $200,000 to the Children's Heart Foundation, one of the recipients of the Operation Santa Claus ... HealthCare's executive director, said. 'Everything pales in comparison to what these children are going through and we feel extremely blessed to be able to give something back.' Duncan ...

  4. Airport health: who is responsible

    Posted Dec 26th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter 'Air passenger health care' (December 18) and wish to clear up any misunderstanding. In my May 10 reply, I wrote that 'the international practice ... If the private doctor suspects communicable disease, the Port Health Office (PHO) will be notified and it will then investigate and implement health control measures.' This international practice ...

  5. Budget cuts of $2b loom for health, welfare services

    Posted Dec 11th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez And the bureau chief warns of $6 billion being slashed in the next five years Hong Kong's health and welfare allocation faces a $2 billion cut in the next budget ending in 2005, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong said yesterday. In the next five years, $6 billion will be slashed, he added. The health and welfare cuts are sure to spark ...

  6. Health target still unmet, says economist

    Posted Jul 11th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The mainland failed to reach its 20-year goal of universal health care by 2000, even though gross domestic product doubled over this period, according to a leading economist. 'Lack of health-care service is a serious problem in vast areas of the country,' Hu Angang of Tsinghua University said in a paper published this month. 'There is a huge gap of primary health ...

  7. Beijing public health system's emergency response too slow, say officials

    Posted Nov 21st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Beijing's public health system is still not good enough to respond quickly to emergencies, including another potential outbreak of Sars, senior city government officials said. Vice-Mayor Niu Youcheng listed five areas of concern at a municipal health-care conference, according to media reports. Mr Niu said the public health system was characterised ...

  8. Concessions made over health-food claims

    Posted Dec 09th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A government proposal, drafted after three months of consultations, would allow manufacturers of slimming and health-food products to make therapeutic claims. Critics have accused health officials of giving in to industry pressure. Manufacturers would be allowed to claim their products could regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, boost the immune system ...

  9. Public views sought on health foods

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Breast enlargement products are not seen as a risk under proposals aimed at restricting dietary supplements industry Health products that claim to be able to enlarge breasts will be exempted from proposals to restrict the dietary supplements industry. Officials from the Department of Health said such products were not hazardous to health. Under a public consultation paper ...

  10. Disease control is top priority, says new health chief

    Posted Aug 19th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... As Lam Ping-yan takes over, new cases of dengue fever and cholera are recorded The new head of the Department of Health yesterday pledged that disease control will top his agenda, as Hong Kong recorded two new cases of dengue fever and one of cholera. Speaking after the announcement of his appointment as director of health, Lam Ping-yan said: 'The priority will be disease ...




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