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Department of Health

Hong Kong fails to promote breast milk even amid formula shortage

The government has been accused of squandering an opportunity to promote breastfeeding amid the furore over shortages of infant formula. Photo: May Tse

One breastfeeding advocacy group said a special hotline and other measures aimed at helping local mothers secure formula milk actually assisted manufacturers in promoting their products and gave them direct access to mothers.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 5:03am 2 comments

Hong Kong sees record rise in HIV infections in third quarter

World Aids Day was marked on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

The city saw a record number of new HIV infections in the three months to the end of September.

5 Dec 2012 - 10:27am

Private hospitals not watched closely enough, minister says

Dr Ko Wing-man

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man admitted yesterday that the Department of Health "has not fully exercised its power" in monitoring private hospitals.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Dr Thomas Tsang, Hong Kong's flu-fighting official, takes a well-earned break

Illustration: Henry Wong

The resignation of Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai as head of the government's disease prevention centre last month came as a shock to the city.

The unexpected move has prompted much speculation over why Tsang - Hong Kong's respected and indefatigable "flu fighter" and defender of the city against severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003 - who would leave public service after 20 years.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am 1 comment

Beauty centre defends treatment after 3 customers become ill

An employee at DR Esthetic Centre beauty clinic in Causeway Bay gestures towards a client as journalists surround the centre. Three women are in a critical condition in hospital following treatment there.  Photo: Nora Tam

A beauty treatment centre - which is under an investigation after three women who received treatment there fell ill - said on Friday the procedures were performed by doctors hired from outside the centre.

The three women remained in hospital in a critical condition on Friday afternoon.

11 Oct 2012 - 4:12pm

Chinese medicine ready for global prescription

The World Health Organisation and the city's Department of Health yesterday launched their first collaboration on traditional Chinese medicine.

About 200 health experts from around the world attended an inauguration ceremony in the Shangri-La hotel in Admiralty to mark the opening of the Collaboration Centre of Traditional Medicine.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Test overseas medics, doctors say

A petition urging the Medical Council to require overseas doctors working in Hong Kong to pass an examination has been signed by nearly 800 of the city's 11,000 registered doctors.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hospitals should report violence

Doctors are sworn not to do anything that would harm their patients. The Department of Health and the Medical Council are the responsible watchdogs.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Patient, 93, barred in hospital row

A 93-year-old kidney patient who paid more than HK$4 million for treatment at a leading private hospital was expelled because of her daughter's 'excessive requests'.

The daughter, Yin Chow, was accused of repeated misconduct by bosses at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital for verbally abusing nurses, causing them 'enormous pressure and stress'.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Pills from the net poison slimmers

A crackdown on slimming aids sold on the internet has been launched after 62 cases of poisoning in Hong Kong.

Most of the victims, who were taken ill between September 2009 and May this year, used products containing the banned Western drugs sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Warning on Italian pacemakers

Health officials warn that an Italian brand of pacemakers may not function properly. The alert came after the company, Medico, reported that three of its models, Sophos 151, Sophos 155 and Helios 300, showed intermittently unstable electric connections, although it said the chance of malfunctioning was only 0.013 per cent.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Patient residency checks

Following the Ombudsman's criticism of health authorities for failing to identify non-residents and charge them higher fees, the Food and Health Bureau is developing an electronic system for checking people's residential status.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A licence to sell

As of September 30, the number of products with the 'HKP' licence, meaning they had been sold before March 1999 in Hong Kong, totalled 9,150.

Some 2,130 products had obtained the 'HKNT' licence, meaning they were first launched between March 1999 and 2004.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Lax control of restricted drugs is not acceptable

We take pride in our city's widely respected health system. So it is difficult to explain why an illegal trade in restricted drugs is tolerated. Dispensaries and drug stores that sell these products over the counter to the public undermine drug safety and put people at risk.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

A sensible stand on doctors and deliveries

Private doctors often charge large sums for delivering babies, so it is natural for their clients to expect them to be present when the big day comes. However, it appears many only show up when the baby is 'ready' to appear. Before that, nurses and midwives take charge of the expectant mother.

24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am