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  1. 'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'

    Posted Aug 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Air pollution experts have again called for a new alert system to warn the public about health risks created by extreme pollution like the grey pall ... subsiding air caused by Typhoon Saola near Taiwan. Professor Wong Tze-wai, from Chinese University's School of Public Health, said he expected a surge in the number of people seeking treatment ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. $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 ...

  4. Hospital will run as private-public trial

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The proposed Tung Chung Hospital will be the first operated as a private-public partnership and the government expects it to open in phases in 2012. The Food and Health Bureau was working on the operational details before the project was put to tender, the Legislative Council's health services panel was told yesterday. Principal Assistant Secretary for Food ...

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    More transparency needed about the health of our heritage trees

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Transparency can root out the rot Trees, normally, are no threat to public safety. They improve the environment and are welcome features in concrete jungles like Hong Kong. ... was first officially identified in an infected century-old banyan tree in Kowloon Park in 2007. But the authority did not alert the public or experts of a panel as the disease continued to spread. ...

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    Letters Question, August 13, 2012

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cut-price help. Should the health minister increase the HK$100 fee for emergency ward consultations in public hospitals in an effort to deter people who do not require emergency treatment and thereby cut waiting time? ...

  7. Poor rating for public housing service

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Tam Public housing officials offer the city's least satisfactory government service, according to a Hong Kong Research Association's random telephone survey of 1,662 people this month. Rubbish recycling and public health care services are rated the next two least satisfactory items while the highest ratings cover electricity, water supplies and emergency ...

  8. Flu outbreak shows need for reform, health secretary to argue

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... 'We understand there is much concern about the recent flu outbreak,' a government source said. 'The high occupancy rate at public hospitals is a good example of how our health care system is overburdened, and that there is an urgency to change.' The Food and Health Bureau has asked a public relations consultancy to handle publicity surrounding the reforms. A website ...

  9. Health-warning gap

    Posted Jan 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What steps should Hong Kong take to improve communications with the mainland on matters of public health and safety, following the delay in notification about red fire ants? Share your views: write to us. ...

  10. Health fears

    Posted Nov 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A hospital administrator has warned that a move to cut public doctors' working hours could 'endanger the safety of patients'. Do you agree and if so, what steps should be taken to lessen the risk? Write to us. ...




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