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  1. Checkpoint health alert scaled back

    Posted Mar 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Health-screening measures will be scaled down at land and sea immigration checkpoints from April 1, the Department of Health said last night. Temperature screening will be phased out at these checkpoints but will continue at Chek Lap Kok airport due to recent outbreaks of bird flu and meningococcal infections in some countries. Health posts will remain at each land ...

  2. Health minister washes his hands of Sars battle

    Posted Mar 17th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan, Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy and Carrie Chan The health minister has laid professional responsibility for the handling of the Sars crisis on the former director of health and said Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa had 'overall total responsibility' for its impact on the community. Yeoh Eng-kiong, the secretary for health, welfare and food, told the Legislative Council's Sars inquiry ...

  3. Sars vaccine volunteers in good health, says report

    Posted May 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Irene Wang The four volunteers taking part in the world's first clinical test of a Sars vaccine are in good condition after 72 hours, state media reported yesterday. Medical experts quoted by Xinhua were quick to point out that this did not mean the vaccine was successful, a point echoed by the World Health Organisation. Quoting sources with the Sino-Japanese Friendship ...

  4. Top health controller moves on

    Posted Jan 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Community medicine consultant Thomas Tsang Ho-fai is set to succeed Leung Pak-yin as controller of the Centre for Health Protection. Dr Leung will leave his post on January 31 and is expected to take up the position of the Hospital Authority's director for quality and safety next month. The Centre for Health Protection was set up in 2004 with Dr Leung ...

  5. No time for muddle on public health

    Posted May 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... this can be sustained. Reminders of the dangers that threaten public health are not hard to find. Yesterday, hygiene officials warned the risk of a dengue fever outbreak has reached alarming ... and other parts of Asia this year. But it was another warning signal. So was the re-emergence of Sars in Beijing. With public health threats such as these ever present, there is a pressing need ...

  6. Health reform

    Posted Oct 04th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The multinational Expert Committee investigating the Sars crisis found Hong Kong's health system to be outdated and inefficient. What reform should the government undertake to improve the system? Was the committee right not to hold an individual responsible for the crisis? Share your views: write to us. ...

  7. Sars was like facing a war, says health boss

    Posted Mar 10th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... infection control measures among frontline workers. The Hospital Authority board did not address the issue until April 22, two months after Guangdong health authorities confirmed a Sars outbreak ...

  8. Border health surveillance lax

    Posted Jan 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Cross-border surveillance for infectious diseases was lax at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border yesterday, despite a pledge by health officials to stay on high alert after a suspected Sars case in Guangzhou. With the case still under investigation, a South China Morning Post reporter was able to cross the Shenzhen and Lowu checkpoints without completing a health ...

  9. Borders to be crossed on health research

    Posted Jan 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the virus not seen last year were the University of Hong Kong lab at Queen Mary Hospital and the government virus unit at the Department of Health. Both are part of the World Health Organisation's international network for Sars diagnosis. The samples arrived in the city after the Ministry of Health in Beijing had been called to help clarify inconclusive results and after scientists ...

  10. Overhaul of health system the priority

    Posted Oct 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The long-awaited verdict on Hong Kong's handling of Sars amounts to a damning indictment of our city's outdated and inefficient health system. Revealing the findings ... of the inquiry to be the apportioning of blame. This newspaper has not been among them. The overriding objective must be to ensure that our health system is overhauled. It was found by the experts ...




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