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  1. In Brief

    Posted Sep 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... doctor seeks to ease dengue fever fear A mainland disease prevention and control expert called for calm as dengue fever cases in Guangdong rose to more than 270. Zhong Nanshan, head of the Guangdong Research Institute for Respiratory Diseases, said the situation in the province was not particularly serious compared with a few years ago, when there were thousands of cases. He said ...

  2. Officials to investigate if hospital doctors reported chickenpox case

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Indonesian helpers aged 22 to 31, a spokeswoman said yesterday. 'Chickenpox is a notifiable disease [in] which registered medical practitioners [public or private] are required to report each ... In chickenpox cases, a patient would be admitted if there is complication of the disease,' it said. Meanwhile, the Labour Department said foreign domestic helpers enjoyed 'the same rights ...

  3. Sars, bird flu to be classed work-related infections

    Posted Mar 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Louisa Yan Workers will find it easier to get payouts after changes to occupational illness list Sars and bird flu will be deemed occupational diseases in Hong Kong- making it easier ... was working on legislative amendments to add Sars and bird flu to the list of 49 occupational diseases. 'We are consulting the medical sector, the insurance sector and the Labour Advisory Board. ...

  4. Relief for workers with Sars, bird flu

    Posted Mar 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government plans to add Sars and bird flu to the list of occupational diseases within the next three months. Legislative amendments are being drafted in consultation with the medical and insurance sectors and the Labour Advisory Board. At present, workers seeking compensation from their employers need to provide evidence they contracted either virus at work. If the amendments come ...

  5. Computer use cited as joint-pain cases rise

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... of 2,588 new suspected cases of occupational disease treated at two clinics in Kwun Tong and Fanling, 24 per cent involved office workers. But the number of office-worker cases confirmed as occupational disease dropped from 75 in 2005 to 35 last year. 'Office workers are now more aware of the harmful effects of using computers for long hours and many of them seek treatment once ...

  6. City Briefs

    Posted Jul 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for legionnaires' disease A 52-year-old man living in Fanling is being investigated for possible legionnaires' disease after developing a fever, chills, cough and headache on July 6. He was admitted ... the incubation period and has been listed as a local case. There have been 11 cases of the disease so far this year. Three firms fined for wage offences A construction contractor and two companies have ...

  7. Hepatitis carriers sue Taiwan firm for discrimination

    Posted Jun 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... official said they could not hire me since the hepatitis virus was active in my body,' Mr Li, one of the four, said. 'They said they rejected carriers of the disease because many staff ... I want to find a place where nobody knows about my disease,' he said. Since May, the ministries of health and labour and social security have banned employers from requiring hepatitis ...

  8. Adding insult to injury?

    Posted Apr 24th 2004, 12:00am by Rick Glofcheski

    ... and disease in Hong Kong. Compensation is a matter of entitlement. A claim does not require court action, and so the system is faster and more efficient than ordinary court claims under the common ... a standard of 'reasonable care'. Currently, an injured worker or one who acquires an occupational disease is required to make an ECO claim against the employer. Any payment made is covered ...

  9. Success of medical insurance plan hinges on facilities: official

    Posted Aug 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... insurance for the diagnosis and treatment of major diseases, despite the introduction of such a scheme for urban workers in 1998 and a trial programme for rural residents in 2003. Mr Hu said ... of the cost of treating 'big' diseases. 'The safety of the insurance fund is a top concern for the government. All the money must be deposited into a social security fund account set up ...

  10. Mainland launches drive to extend urban health insurance scheme

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... last night. The authorities' efforts should be focused on meeting city dwellers' primary medical needs such as the treatment of major illnesses and diseases, she said. Regional governments should set aside funds to help cover part of the cost of treating major diseases, the vice-premier said. They should decide the amount to be set aside and work out standards ...




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