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  1. Mandatory options for health funding put aside

    Posted Jan 18th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The government yesterday abandoned its quest to introduce any time soon a 'personal health care reserve' scheme requiring employee contributions, saying ... reserve they could tap after retirement, has until now been the government's preferred solution. Any reforms would, for now, involve voluntary payments, Secretary for Food and Health York ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/667420/mandatory-options-health-funding-put-aside
  2. Too early to switch to mainland bird flu vaccine, says health chief

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The health chief says it is too early to decide whether Hong Kong should switch from using a Dutch-made bird flu vaccine to one from the mainland. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said University of Hong Kong test results on the efficacy of the Dutch vaccine on virus samples taken at four wet markets in June were 'not conclusive'. Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663372/too-early-switch-mainland-bird-flu-vaccine-says-health-chief
  3. Sichuan health care system 'needs 5 years'

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Sichuan might need up to five years to rebuild its health care system after last month's earthquake, a team of experts from the World Health Organisation says. The WHO also urged the mainland to ensure that its hospitals could withstand disasters. The extent of the damage to the province's health care system was still being assessed. Team leader ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642550/sichuan-health-care-system-needs-5-years
  4. Hot weather health alerts stepped up

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... hourly public alerts when they reach extreme levels. Health experts warn prolonged exposure to such high levels of UV rays from the Sun can cause severe eye damage. Excessive exposure to sunlight is to blame for 80 per cent of skin cancer cases around the world, the World Health Organisation also says. Hong Kong is the first place in the world at its latitude- 22 15 North- to issue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642557/hot-weather-health-alerts-stepped
  5. Health risks are small even if melamine has entered food chain, says safety chief

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Ng Kang-chung and Mary Ann Benitez Centre for Food Safety controller Constance Chan Hon-yee yesterday dismissed fears of serious health hazards despite the discovery of melamine in eggs, as the centre prepared to check if other major food products were contaminated. 'At present, there is no research on melamine in eggs. But there are some overseas studies showing that the health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658027/health-risks-are-small-even-if-melamine-has-entered-food-chain-says-safety-chief
  6. EV71 infections may surge from October, health centre warns

    Posted Aug 28th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... and mouth incidence peaked from May to July, the Centre for Health Protection said. But surveillance also showed that enteroviruses might be active again from October to December. 'We therefore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/650600/ev71-infections-may-surge-october-health-centre-warns
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428060/minister-proposes-new-role-integrator-health-director
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429223/public-views-sought-health-foods
  9. Prime time for public health

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

    ... Coming soon to a theatre near you: public health, the movie. This seemed a distinct possibility as the World Health Organisation (WHO) wrapped up its annual regional meeting last Friday and participants made a call for the 'glamorisation' of one of medicine's more neglected niches. Public health has long been seen as the poor cousin to clinical medicine and surgery, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428064/prime-time-public-health
  10. Health-care system needs overhaul to cope better with crisis, says panel

    Posted Oct 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... It proposes creating a centre to take charge of communicable disease control and surveillance in the Pearl River Delta Hong Kong needs a health-care system with 'the capacity for war-time response', said Sian Griffiths, who co-chaired the Sars experts committee. The committee said the health-care system needs restructuring, possibly with the establishment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429849/health-care-system-needs-overhaul-cope-better-crisis-says-panel

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