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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Beijing will not 'exclude possibility' of H7N9 infections

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 11:59am by Ernest Kao

    ... the public not to panic and said the city would be prepared to take “thorough and seamless control measures” if there were any suspected infection cases. The city has, so far, not received any ... cases of pneumonia. Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said on Wednesday, there was no need yet to raise the city's pandemic response level, but the reintroduction ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1206864/beijing-will-not-exclude-possibility-h7n9-infections
  2. Smog station fails to satisfy public

    Posted Dec 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Amid mounting public pressure, the authorities announced a plan to set up a new air-quality monitoring station to gauge severe smog in Beijing and Tianjin. But the move, apparently aimed at appeasing the public over a lack of transparency in pollution data, does not appear to have worked, as complaints soared about dense smog that blanketed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/986864/smog-station-fails-satisfy-public
  3. Beijing must kick its tobacco habit

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... A government that cares for the health and well-being of its citizens goes out of its way to keep them from harm. Smoking is undeniably harmful, yet authorities on the mainland have been ... revenue, it estimates that more than 20 million farmers grow tobacco, 520,000 workers process it in factories and 10 million are involved in retailing. But weighed against the health costs, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997752/beijing-must-kick-its-tobacco-habit
  4. Comment - Blogs - Beijing

    Beijing researchers abstain from drinking city's 'deteriorating' tap water for 20 years

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 05:31pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Health Association Professional Committee for Drinking Water and along with her husband, a member of the Industry Committee of the National Development and Reform Commission’s Public Nutrition ... officials, researchers and scholars, who had a choice not to drink tap water, could do so little to provide "the most basic of public services" to a modern city of nearly 20 million people. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1122123/beijing-researchers-abstain-drinking-citys-deteriorating-tap-water-20
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing couple's tap water protest goes down the plughole

    Posted Jan 08th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... A Beijing couple who said last week that they had not drunk tap water for two decades because of health and safety concerns told state media yesterday that the quality of the capital's drinking water was good and up to international standards. Zhao Tianhong, a veterinarian by training who is now a water expert with the Beijing Health Care Association, told China News Service that her ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1122451/beijing-couples-tap-water-protest-goes-down-plughole
  6. Infamous hospital surcharge to be axed by 2015

    Posted Jan 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Some hospitals received as little as 10 per cent of their income from the government funding, getting most from surcharges and tests. This is the first time the Health Ministry has set a timetable for abolishing the surcharge. Beijing promised to gradually eliminate them three years ago when it released a blueprint to revamp health care but no deadline was set because of strong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/989587/infamous-hospital-surcharge-be-axed-2015
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Seven-year-old girl confirmed as Beijing's first bird flu case

    Posted Apr 13th 2013, 09:41am by Minnie Chan

    ... disease outbreaks since the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak a decade ago. Beijing health authorities said both the girl's parents were vendors in a poultry market in Shayu town, ... of the disease. The girl developed flu symptoms on Thursday morning and was admitted to hospital that night. The health bureau said the girl's condition had improved after doctors gave her ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1213671/beijing-reports-first-case-new-bird-flu-strain
  8. Public oversight

    Posted Oct 20th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the 2008 Olympics. There was only one area that concerned them: the environment- Beijing's Achilles heel. Beijing officials cited encouraging statistics from the World Health Organisation ... at the meetings. City officials dominated the proceedings, and the public was not allowed into the meetings. Chinese officials are improving their management of public issues, but one area where they need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/431665/public-oversight
  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Northern China on health alert as smog worsens

    Posted Jan 13th 2013, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Pollution levels off the scale in Beijing, and with no wind, conditions could get even worse Health alert as choking smog worsens in north ... pollution data published hourly on Twitter showed the level of health-threatening PM2.5- or particles smaller than 2.5 microns- had reached 886 micrograms per cubic metre at 8pm. Its Air Quality ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1126724/northern-china-health-alert-smog-worsens
  10. News - China

    Secrets revealed after Beijing firm busted for helping cadres delete negative reports

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 11:33am by Amy Li

    ... A secretive business that uses dubious tactics to take down negative stories on the internet for clients has reaped millions of yuan, according to an investigation by  China’s Caixin Magazine  published on Monday. At the top is Beijing entrepreneuer and public relations expert Gu Tengda, who is now in police custody because of his company.   Founded by Gu in 2007, Yage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1154507/secrets-revealed-after-beijing-firm-busted-helping-cadres-delete-negative

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