Public Health

Flights to take more health precautions after second Sars scare

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Edward Wong

More health measures will be taken on flights in and out of the city, the health minister said yesterday, as Hongkongers breathed a sigh of relief after a cabin crew member tested negative for novel coronavirus.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 5:18am

Causeway Bay API soars above WHO safety guidelines

A man with masks on a street in Causeway Bay to avoid air pollution. Photo: Dickson Lee

Environment officials came under pressure to cut vehicle emissions after dangerous pollution levels were recorded in one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:11am

Judge officials on health, environment too: expert

Dr Zhong Nanshan

Speaking on the sideline of the annual session of the National People's Congress, Zhong said smog was the major cause of respiratory diseases and led to lung cancer and illnesses affecting the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Smoking on increase in Shanghai's 'disaster zones'

Shanghai saw smoking rates rise in internet bars, entertainment venues and restaurants last year, despite becoming one of the first mainland cities to introduce tobacco controls. Photo: Reuters

Officials referred to the three areas as smoking "disaster zones" and admitted the outlook for implementing the restrictions - imposed three years ago - was "not optimistic".

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Doctors confident Hong Kong is prepared if Sars strikes again

Hong Kong is prepared to responded to any future Sars outbreak, medical experts say. Photo: Felix Wong

Medical experts pointed to the greater number of respiratory specialists and isolation wards, and the better understanding of how the disease spreads and thrives.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

Public go potty over ministry's plan to use flies to measure toilet health

Public go potty over ministry's plan to use flies to measure toilet health

According to the draft released on Thursday for public feedback, no more than one fly per square metre will be allowed in toilets inside buildings, while free-standing facilities will be allowed no more than three flies per square metre.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment

Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun. Photo: AFP

Wwhile Sars may now seem a distant memory, we forget the lessons of it at our peril. We should heed the reminder sounded by the emergence of a new Sars-like virus and confirmation that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has infected two young adults and killed one of them in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

The lessons of Sars, 10 years on

The lessons of Sars, 10 years on

Ten years ago, on March 12, I sent an urgent e-mail to the World Health Organisation. I was in charge of Hong Kong's Department of Health at that time. We were screening more than 50 hospital staff for symptoms in a mysterious outbreak of flu-like illness.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 4 comments

Budget must increase cigarette tax

Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure in reducing tobacco use. Photo: AFP

Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure in reducing tobacco use, especially among the young. The protection of young people from addiction to tobacco should be one of Hong Kong's highest public health priorities. 

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

Acrid smog returns to envelop Beijing for fourth time in a month

Smog encircles visitors outside the Forbidden City. Photo: AP

Residents awoke to find more acrid air enveloping their city, and municipal weather authorities responded by issuing a "yellow" smog warning as visibility dropped below 3,000 metres.

28 Jan 2013 - 9:55am 1 comment

Discrimination still plagues leprosy victims in mainland China

Many leprosy cases are found in Yunnan province. Photo: Steve Cray

Today is World Leprosy Day, which was established in the 1950s to highlight the plight of millions of people affected by a devastating and disfiguring illness. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

World experts back plans for city veterinarian school

Vets can advise officials on how to manage the potential dangers of animal-related diseases. Photo: Dickson Lee

The facility would address the shortage of veterinarians in the city and help combat the mounting threat that animal-related diseases pose to people in the region.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

No 2 at Health Bureau is just what the doctor ordered

No 2 at Health Bureau is just what the doctor ordered

Fresh from overseeing the School of Nursing at the University of Hong Kong, it seemed Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee needed little time in her new role as No 2 at the Food and Health Bureau to start issuing orders.

There is little doubt of Chan's knowledge when it comes to health but she herself has had to acknowledge her lack of experience when it comes to politics.

21 Jan 2013 - 12:47pm 1 comment

Beijing couple's tap water protest goes down the plughole

Zhao and husband Li in video

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.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:07am 1 comment

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

Nitrate levels in Beijing's tap water system is edging closer to the maximum limit. Photo: SCMP

Nitrate levels in Beijing’s water system are edging dangerously close to the maximum limit set by the state, according to a Beijing couple.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:45pm 1 comment