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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government should warn against travel to flu-stricken mainland China areas

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... Rules and systems are built on core values respected and cherished by most Hongkongers. Unfortunately, judging from the way the government has been handling the issue of travel alerts recently, we seem to have become a city that is more controlled by lead ...

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    Lack of preparedness leaves us exposed to the risk of a nightmare like Sars

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... that affect public health must be properly addressed. A critical question is: Is Hong Kong capable of fighting a new wave of virulent viruses? With the new coronavirus from the Middle East and H7N9 ... these cases of the severe acute respiratory syndrome to the World Health Organisation and Hong Kong. So when Sars hit Hong Kong, we had no safeguards in place and the city suffered heavy casualties. ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Health care scheme does not resolve manpower shortage in medical sector

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 12:08am by Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng Albert Cheng says the voluntary health protection scheme should be shelved and the money injected into the public health-care sector Health-care scheme doesn't resolve pressing problems in medical sector Hong Kong's medical services and public health expenditure are among the most hotly debated social issues by people from all walks of life. With a rapidly ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must impose checks on its pre-cooked meat imports

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 05:25pm by Albert Cheng

    ... follows hard on the heels of a long list of meat-related public health crises originating from China. These reported cases of malpractice in the Chinese food sector are only the tip ... are related to the use of dirty or rotten food, pre-cooked or otherwise, from dubious sources in mainland China. The public health regulators should use the current wave of discontent ...

  5. Cutting through the smoke

    Posted May 07th 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... a futile fight. They have even found a few allies in the Legislative Council, which is supposed to represent public interests. The bone of contention is the Smoking (Public Health) Bill, ... of evil forces. Those who have been affected by second-hand smoke, on the other hand, should consider organising themselves to protect public health and consumer rights by boycotting those opposed ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Doctors in private practice care little for the interests of the general public

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 06:23pm by Albert Cheng

    ... to serve in the city is a case in point. Anyone who has anything to do with our public hospitals can testify to the shortage of medical staff. As our population ages, the public health care system ... little for the interests of the general public Over the years, doctors in local private practice have built up an empire of their own. The Hong Kong Medical Association, which claims a membership ...

  7. Doing more harm than good

    Posted Jul 30th 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng King-hon An orthopaedic surgeon by training, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok is apparently eager to apply a typical surgeon's drastic 'open-and-see' attitude to reforming the health-care system in Hong Kong. The consultation document 'Building a Healthy Tomorrow' seeks to reduce the scale of the public health-care sector, ...

  8. Unhealthy attitude to learning

    Posted May 21st 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... to be community watchdogs. In this instance, the protection of public health should be put above all other considerations. The final legislative proceedings have yet to begin. It is still not too late ... of the staunch opposition of the non-specialists that the arrangement has yet to be extended to cover the remainder of the profession. In March 2001, the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau issued its ...

  9. An air-tight case

    Posted Jan 15th 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... the latest efforts by Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok to present a set of proposed amendments to the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance to the legislature. The administration ... Albert Cheng The move to impose a total ban on smoking in public places was initiated in 1997. However, seven years have lapsed and we are left practically where we started. The delay can ...

  10. Better safe than sorry

    Posted Aug 27th 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... to Hong Kong. Our administration has assumed only a passive role in defending public health in this case. Officials seemed more concerned with mainland officials' interests than the physical ... Albert Cheng The Chinese press has dubbed health chief York Chow Yat-ngok 'Dr a-blunder-a-week'- making a pun on his Cantonese name, which loosely means 'to carry ...




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