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  1. Bird flu battle should focus on public health

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

    ... happened in those cases. Now there is an ongoing series of outbreaks of the same strain- H5N1- this time spanning the region. And public health experts, including our own health minister, admit ... 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 ...

  2. Birds, mice and other public-health risks

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

    ... health crisis over bird flu can only be described as an unfortunate coincidence. The operation was a dress rehearsal for the transport and future incineration of the toxic substance extracted from the Disney theme park construction site. But civil engineering department officials could not have known that it had all the ingredients to be the prequel to the current health and food ...

  3. Health officials warn public about dengue fever

    Posted Jul 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.51pm: Hong Kong's health officials on Thursday warned the public about dengue fever, after four districts in the territory recorded high mosquito numbers ... breeding under the rainy season. He advised the public to: Inspect their homes and surroundings weekly to remove potential breeding grounds; Scrub vases and pot plant saucers once a week; Dispose ...

  4. HIV/Aids now China's most deadly infectious disease

    Posted Feb 19th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li HIV/Aids became the most deadly infectious disease on the mainland last year for the first time, raising concerns among public health campaigners who say the effect of the virus is just starting to make itself felt in the country. The annual public health development report released by the Ministry of Health earlier in the week showed that HIV/Aids overtook tuberculosis, ...

  5. A silent killer remains at large

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... to realise that treatment not only saves lives, but the broader public health benefits of treatment often outweigh the cost.' One advantage of playing catch up is the ability to learn from ... what can be learned from the HIV/Aids experience, in particular lobbying governments to improve public health policies. A survey by the World Hepatitis Alliance published last year found ...

  6. British politician impressed by preparations to combat Sars

    Posted Aug 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of the Centre for Health Protection, general public health measures, a Sars checklist and cross-notification on diseases with other countries. 'A lot of materials that they have prepared ... for infectious disease outbreaks. 'Public health issues are too far down the government agenda. It is obsessed with acute care and they give too little priority to primary care and public ...

  7. WHO, China open centre to step up fight against infectious diseases

    Posted Jun 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China's public health history,' said centre director Deng Feng, seconded from the Guangdong Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Vice-Health Minister Wang Jiefu pledged that China would ... the Middle East and Africa. Shigeru Omi, the WHO's regional director for the Western Pacific, said many countries did not have sufficient public health infrastructure or the capacity to prevent ...

  8. Aids fund can help in different ways

    Posted May 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... More than US$400 million in aid money has been withheld from public health projects on the mainland because of issues between the authorities and the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight Aids, ... hundreds of millions of them. Doubts expressed by Aids groups are understandable, but if the deal struck with the global fund helps raise the profile of civil society in the public health area ...

  9. Enlightened move to admit visitors with HIV

    Posted Apr 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... psychiatric illnesses, infectious pulmonary tuberculosis or 'other infectious diseases that may constitute a major threat to public health'. They do not make it clear whether HIV should ... on the mainland is now more often transmitted by sexual intercourse than by intravenous drug use, making it preventable with good public health education, sensible precautions and responsible behaviour. ...

  10. Communication lessons from Sars go to waste

    Posted Mar 25th 2008, 12:00am by Thomas Abraham

    ... communication. Public anxiety and the global ripple the outbreak created could have been allayed if the government had a better risk-communication strategy. The World Health Organisation has laid out ... to the public. Risk communication is about building trust with the public so that, when a crisis occurs, people will be confident that the health authorities are acting competently, and that the advice ...




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