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  1. Public deserved better from their health chiefs

    Posted Jul 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The doctors who have resigned can still practise in suitable positions. Hong Kong's health-care system may benefit in the long run as their resignations may go a long way to prevent any cronyism ... promoting the early implementation of a sales tax to ensure an alternative revenue stream to pay for Hong Kong's public expenses. The deficit is unsustainable. Also, a 5 per cent sales tax ...

  2. Bird flu battle should focus on public health

    Posted Feb 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and unco-ordinated. Where its significance for public health has been grasped, there has been more success. This is a lesson Hong Kong would do well to remember as it deals with the ongoing threat from bird ... One of the most important changes to come from the recent outbreaks of bird flu across Asia is the agreement between Hong Kong and mainland authorities to begin exchanging information ...

  3. No time for muddle on public health

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

    ... One of the lessons we learned from Sars is the importance of keeping Hong Kong clean. The outbreak prompted a new sense of urgency and responsibility. The test, however, is whether 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 ...

  4. Birds, mice and other public-health risks

    Posted Feb 07th 2004, 12:00am by Luisa Tam

    ... farmers tens of millions of dollars in lost exports and, more significantly, their reputation took a battering. However, it seems that the Hong Kong government has failed to learn an important ... Our Mickey Mouse-smitten government might not be too bothered about paying a hefty price to make the Disney dream come true in the hope of granting a new lease of life to Hong Kong ...

  5. More surveillance cameras planned to monitor public health black spots

    Posted Jul 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... are infested with mosquitoes. Chan Yuen-han of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong called attention to the Ngau Chi Wan poultry market where temperatures could rise to 40 degrees ... Mary Ann Benitez Surveillance cameras will be put up at more hygiene black spots across the city from next year to catch public housing tenants with unsanitary habits, said Home Affairs ...

  6. Health system is designed to fail the community

    Posted Jul 10th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chinese University Volunteers, please Both the doctors in charge of Hong Kong's health bodies have resigned. Hopefully the people can now move forward. We now need to find suitable people ... it is simple: the minister must go. Accountability can bring major benefits to Hong Kong through reduction of complacency, introduction of fresh ideas, and improving public policy by keeping it in step ...

  7. kevin sinclair's hong kong

    Posted Oct 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Sinclair Hong Kong has a magnificent public hospital system. But we can't afford it. Our society is simply unable to continue paying the community health bill. We expect ... when Hong Kong was a comparative village. Post-war hospital fees were based on the cost of three square meals a day; no provision was made for the construction of hospitals, education of staff, ...

  8. Health chief relishes 'hot potato' job

    Posted Oct 09th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... crisis, which killed 299 people in Hong Kong, Mr Tung believes that only a doctor can master the complicated health system. He insists that only a doctor could guide the city through another ... many of them involve human lives so directly? If Sars comes back or bird flu spreads to Hong Kong, we may see some people die, and the public will blame the government for doing badly. ...

  9. Doctor will testify health chief wanted to stop Sars rat probe

    Posted Feb 27th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... proof of the theory could cause public panic and damage to the economy. Epidemiologist Stephen Ng Kam-cheung claims that Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong told a meeting ... took place was exactly the opposite of the accusation,' a statement from his office said. 'Public health was always Dr Yeoh's first priority in all his considerations ...

  10. Ill health forces arroyo to cancel Hong Kong visit

    Posted Jan 24th 2004, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cancelled a three-day trip to Hong Kong because of ill health. An advance government television crew was recalled to Manila late on Thursday. Mrs Arroyo was to have arrived in Hong Kong on a private jet by then, in time to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and was expected to fly home later today. But hours before her departure, journalists were told ...




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