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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to live-chicken sales, health should be the top priority

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Health should be the top priority As Guangzhou suspended live-poultry sales in nearly a third of its wet markets and substituted central slaughtering as part of a pilot ... sense of security created by improved defences against bird flu. Then former health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said the decision might not be permanent as viruses and the risk could change. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1510125/when-it-comes-live-chicken-sales-health-should-be-top
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Measles threat to migrant workers

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of the household registration system, which restricts migrants' access to health, education and welfare, is well documented. But some problems arise from the challenge of keeping track of a huge ... families. According to a survey by Beijing health authorities, more than 92 per cent of permanent residents' children have had measles shots, but the rate drops to 54.7 per cent in some areas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552893/measles-threat-migrant-workers
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing now needs to invest more on raising quality of life

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... But it is not reflected kindly in an indicator of people's well-being recommended by the World Health Organisation called health-adjusted life expectancy (Hale). Using the indicator, China's Centre ... of years lost to ill health, weighted according to the severity of the health problem. Although the life expectancy of Beijing adults is on a par with that of advanced countries, the results ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1536516/beijing-now-needs-invest-more-raising-quality-life
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A fine line for religious leaders

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in politics. The reality, though, especially in Hong Kong, is that the two are inseparable. Many schools are run by religious groups, as are health and welfare facilities like clinics, child care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1553580/fine-line-religious-leaders
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A welcome step to easing burden on public health care system

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Welcome step to ease care burden More than eight years after the last major report on health care reform, little has changed. The long-awaited voluntary health insurance scheme will be the only reform of financing of health services aimed at shifting more of the patient burden to the private sector and more of the cost to those who can afford it. The delivery ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455782/welcome-step-easing-burden-public-health-care-system
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Compulsory care for high-risk mental patients should be re-examined

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and under-resourced health and social workers who have to deal with it. Sadly it is being called to mind more frequently by family tragedies and violent episodes. In one of the latest, a mental outpatient ... As a result he or she might overlook or underestimate an illness. Mental health must compete with other community services for a share of taxpayer funding. But the government should consider a recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1535172/compulsory-care-high-risk-mental-patients-should-be-re
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to chickens, put public health above tradition

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Put public health above tradition Live poultry imports from the mainland will resume eventually, after suggestions we stop them altogether. But this could be reviewed ... to containing bird-flu viruses, but that does not dispense with the need for strong preventive measures in the event they mutate and spread easily among people. Public health must be put above ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1431972/when-it-comes-chickens-put-public-health-above-tradition
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    For health's sake, Hong Kong must ban live chicken imports

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Health must trump tradition The Lunar New Year will not be the same without chicken for the traditional family feast. For many Hongkongers, that is a disappointing start ... that there should be central slaughtering of poultry and more reliance on frozen chicken. As Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man pointed out yesterday, there is a high social and financial cost. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1416076/healths-sake-hong-kong-must-ban-live-chicken-imports
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Tough tasks are piling up for CY Leung

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... 160-odd achievements in housing, transport, health care, labour and governance. Whether they amount to what Leung describes as "significant progress" is open to debate, though. To many, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1540595/tough-tasks-are-piling-cy-leung
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Lessons for China in fighting obesity

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 05:26am by SCMP Editorial

    ... according to Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. But in terms of the financial burden on a hard-pressed health system, 62 million obese people living in China last year ... management of weight issues. Given that health risks including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and chronic kidney disease increase with affluence, China needs to learn from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1524847/lessons-china-fighting-obesity

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