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  1. Beijing public health system's emergency response too slow, say officials

    Posted Nov 21st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Beijing's public health system is still not good enough to respond quickly to emergencies, including another potential outbreak of Sars, senior city government officials said. Vice-Mayor Niu Youcheng listed five areas of concern at a municipal health-care conference, according to media reports. Mr Niu said the public health system was characterised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/435403/beijing-public-health-systems-emergency-response-too-slow-say-officials
  2. 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
  3. Guangdong to invest $1.4b on public health

    Posted Aug 09th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... in fighting Sars and said the public health system had room for improvement. Ms Lei said the new centre would be used as the headquarters in handling any emergencies. About 40 million yuan would ... officials to improve the public health system during his surprise visit to the province in April, when the Sars outbreak was at its peak. The first case of Sars was reported in November ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424282/guangdong-invest-14b-public-health
  4. Public views sought on health foods

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... 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 ... as health foods,' Dr Leung said. The public has until mid-November to express their opinions. Dr Leung said the proposals would be tabled before the Legislative Council's health services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429223/public-views-sought-health-foods
  5. $9b drive boosts public health

    Posted Aug 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Ministry of Health will invest about 10 billion yuan (HK$9.4 billion) over the next three years in developing a public health emergency response system at central, provincial ... public health insurance system,' said Zhang Deyuan of Anhui University. 'The development of an emergency response system is welcome but it does not diminish the need for a general ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/423507/9b-drive-boosts-public-health
  6. Striking a balance on pets and public health

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... owners have also hit the streets to protest. There are a variety of compromises that could help ease those anxieties while furthering the cause of public hygiene and health. These include ... the government set up Team Clean and appointed Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to head it. The team's task: to improve public hygiene throughout the city, including the numerous government-run ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/427765/striking-balance-pets-and-public-health
  7. Information on infectious diseases will not be divulged to public

    Posted Sep 08th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Information gathered under a new cross-border reporting system on infectious diseases would still be treated as confidential and would not be available to members of the public, a senior mainland health official said last night. Wang Zhiqiong, deputy director-general of the Guangdong Department of Health, said the new infectious diseases reporting system between the province ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/427223/information-infectious-diseases-will-not-be-divulged-public
  8. Sars exodus from public hospital wards is revealed

    Posted Jul 04th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Patients delayed non-urgent treatment or went to private doctors instead The Hospital Authority yesterday put some numbers on the flight from public to private hospitals in April and May ... million. Vivian Wong Taam Chi-woon, the authority's director of professional services and medical development, said: 'Patients might have chosen not to receive public hospital services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420566/sars-exodus-public-hospital-wards-revealed
  9. Scheme for public, private sectors to work as a team

    Posted Oct 27th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy and Ella Lee It aims to establish better sharing of information in case of a fresh outbreak A contingency plan for public and private health-care sectors to work together ... will immediately notify their nearest regional public hospitals if they come across suspected Sars patients, while the Department of Health will carry out contact tracing. Private hospitals can choose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/432474/scheme-public-private-sectors-work-team
  10. Failings found in both public and private sectors

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

    ... on all sides'. The experts recommended that 'better partnerships' be developed between the public and private health sectors to cope with future public-health emergencies. The lack of collaboration during the Sars crisis was due in part to the inherent competition between the public and private sectors. 'This led to allegations that the public sector alone could not adequately ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429928/failings-found-both-public-and-private-sectors

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