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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    ‘Dirty’ air in subdivided flats pose health hazards

    Posted May 21st 2014, 05:06pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... capita in the units surveyed is about 41 square feet – some 30 per cent lower than the Housing Authority’s 59 sq ft standard for public housing tenants. Lai said an overcrowded living environment ...

  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Mers on the rise, but WHO not yet declaring a global health emergency

    Posted May 16th 2014, 01:24am by WASHPOST

    ... is not convincing evidence" that the disease has become more transmissible from person to person, the experts said, it does not yet meet the criteria for being declared a public health emergency ... the two diseases "present two different kinds of dilemmas for the world". The spread of polio is an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months because ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Record sharing is key to better health care for Hongkongers

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 02:23am by SCMP Editorial

    ... be a functional partnership between the public and private sectors- or between public hospital doctors and private practitioners. In fact, more than eight years ago, the Health and Medical Development ... Record Sharing System Bill to Legco for scrutiny by the end of the month. A spokesman said the government believed that sharing health records would enhance public-private partnerships ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    US$100m Ebola emergency response plan unveiled by WHO's Margaret Chan

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:03am by Emily Tsang

    ... professionals- a clinical psychologist and a doctor in public health- were in West Africa to help with prevention and community education. The Hong Kong Immigration Department said no Hongkongers had ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com US$100m WHO plan to combat Ebola emergency The World Health Organisation is launching a US$100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" ...

  5. News - World - HEALTH

    Don’t get a tan, indoors or out, Americans told in skin cancer warning

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 09:19pm by AP

    ... to action" is part of a broader push this year by government officials and public health advocates to raise awareness about what they say has become a major public health problem. While other cancers such as lung cancer are decreasing, skin cancer is rising rapidly. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, five million people are treated in the US for skin cancer each year. ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Review of food safety needed

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 05:24am by SCMP Editorial

    ... but the authority had no record of this because, unlike fresh produce, imports of cooked meat do not require prior consent. Under no circumstances should public health be compromised. Raw or cooked, food ... in terms of the timeliness and accuracy of its public statements. The company initially assured the public it had not used any products from the Shanghai plant, but corrected itself after food ...

  7. News - World - HEALTH

    MERS fears for US health workers

    Posted May 14th 2014, 01:47am by AGENCIES

    ... they are awaiting test results to determine whether any of the exposed hospital workers have MERS. Health officials stressed that MERS is not a risk to the general public in the US, but it does spread among ... Agencies MERS fears for US health workers Two health workers at a hospital in the US state of Florida, who were exposed to a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have begun ...

  8. News - World - DISEASE

    Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, US Peace Corps leaves West Africa

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 10:02am by Reuters in Dakar

    ... to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. “This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop ... forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the action plan, which includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave. Sierra Leone on Thursday declared a public ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Vital to get pricing right for Hong Kong's health insurance scheme

    Posted May 01st 2014, 06:01pm by Bernard Chan

    ... health-care financing. The government's latest attempt is the proposed Health Protection Scheme. This idea goes back to the public consultation of 2008, and officials are preparing another ... in insurance). Many Hong Kong people have some private health insurance provided by their employer. However, the coverage is often limited, and people end up using heavily subsidised public hospitals. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong and Britain are natural partners in health care reform

    Posted May 08th 2014, 04:28am by CAROLINE WILSON

    ... National Health Service (NHS) celebrated its 65th birthday as the world's largest publicly funded health system. The demands it faces have changed beyond all recognition since its inception. ... of their budgets, operating free from direct government control as "foundation trusts". Public-private partnerships and innovations in health care technology have improved the quality and patient ...




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