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  1. Health secretary cuts trip short after catching flu

    Posted Sep 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok has been taken ill with influenza, prompting his return to Hong Kong yesterday instead of attending an international health conference in New Caledonia today. A government statement last night said Dr Chow had returned to the city because of influenza. Director of Health Lam Ping-yan will replace him ...

  2. Health food products spur more complaints

    Posted Oct 14th 2005, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan The Consumer Council has seen an increase in complaints about health-food products over the past two years. The watchdog received 114 complaints regarding health foods in the first nine months, compared with 115 in all of last year and 98 in 2003. It said most of the complaints were about the effectiveness of the health products. A council spokesman said complaints ...

  3. Reforms feasible and affordable, says health chief

    Posted Jul 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Much-needed health reforms unveiled yesterday would be affordable and achievable, the health minister insisted as he sought to ease fears that they would unfairly boost the private sector to the detriment of public medicine. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok was defending the discussion paper Building a Healthy Tomorrow, which sets out ...

  4. Mental illness 'biggest burden on health care'

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Stress triggered by social change has made mental illness the biggest health burden on the mainland, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday, which was World Mental Health Day. Vice-Health Minister Chen Xiaohong said mental illness accounted for 20 per cent of government spending on health. 'Mental illnesses do not only burden families, but also create a lot ...

  5. Health-care woes threaten stability, lawmaker warns

    Posted Sep 06th 2005, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Industry forum hears system is inefficient and care remains too costly A top lawmaker has warned of the urgent need to reform the mainland's ailing health system, saying failure could pose a threat to social stability. 'The success of health-care reform has a direct bearing on the interests of the people, stability of the country and society, ...

  6. Ailing health system needs urgent care

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A benchmark of a government's care of its citizens is access to affordable health care, to prevent disease and to treat it. Few, if any, governments can claim a perfect record. But none can be facing shortcomings so challenging as those confronting the mainland government, if only because of the number of people affected. The decline in the mainland's health ...

  7. Health is our most important asset

    Posted Dec 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Recently our school organised a 'Health Week', aimed at increasing our knowledge about staying healthy. The activities taught us how to protect our eyes and the correct way ... on health. JACKY STFA Tam Pak Yu College Thanks for writing in, Jacky. Health is our most important asset. In a busy city like Hong Kong, people often don't pay enough attention to health ...

  8. Watchdog warns of health food side effects

    Posted Aug 16th 2005, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Consumer Council calls for regulation of labelling as a survey exposes hazards The Consumer Council called on the government to regulate the labelling of health food products, saying ... poisoning after taking ganoderma spore powder for a month and two women who developed cirrhosis because of excessive consumption of fish liver oil. In a recent survey of 474 consumers of health food ...

  9. Health Department requires doctors to report pig-borne disease

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 7.17pm: The Health Department said on Monday Hong Kong doctors must now notify it of any suspected or confirmed cases of the pig-borne disease- which has killed 36 people in China. Director of Health Lam Ping-yan said the government would gazette the new requirement on Tuesday. He said this was necessary in order to trace the origin and transmission routes ...

  10. Traditional medicine could cut health bill

    Posted Jul 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivien Cui Traditional Chinese medicine should be prescribed as part of a cure for the nation's escalating medical costs, a senior mainland health official told a forum in Beijing yesterday. Wang Xiaopin, deputy head of the Department of International Co-operation at the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said spending on medicine and health was soaring ...




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