Public Health

Pledge on nutrition

More than 7,500 children under five die from malnutrition every day, according to a recent World Vision report. Poor nutrition makes them vulnerable to diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia, and hinders brain development and physical growth.

Monday, 31 October, 2011, 12:00am

We must do more to stay healthy

The world faces numerous threats to public health which are beyond the control of those who suffer. But some of the biggest killers are self-inflicted. Bad diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise are contributing to what has been described as a 'slow-motion disaster'.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

I'm modern Robin Hood, says WHO head

Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun has defended her record as head of the World Health Organisation in the face of mounting pressure by member states for reforms of the UN agency.

Chan, who is seeking a second term, said in an interview with TVB yesterday that her performance as the director general in the past few years was 'widely recognised'.

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


No betting rule hurts HK people

Japan's win against the US in the women's World Cup final has made the sport more popular than ever and one which I and a number of my male and female local and expat friends follow with great interest.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Crack down on vehicles, then vessels

Shipping firms ('Laws needed on ship pollution', June 19) say the government should require all vessels berthed in Hong Kong to switch to low-sulphur fuels and an emission-control area should be established covering the entire Pearl River Delta.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Self-defence for tobacco officers

An increasing number of tobacco control inspectors are being attacked by smokers caught puffing in banned areas, prompting the Department of Health to introduce self-defence training for the law enforcers.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No plan to study 'cancer phones'

Neither the Food and Health Bureau nor the Health Department has looked into potential health risks from mobile phones, and they have no plans to do so, despite a new report that radio waves from the phones may cause brain cancer.

Telecoms watchdog Ofta also declined to launch any such research, saying it is the department's job.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Aids groups wary of fund deal

Grass-roots NGOs involved in Aids work have voiced doubts over the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria's latest effort to tighten control over its grants on the mainland, citing endemic problems such as rampant corruption and the government's reluctance to work with civil society groups.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Our half-hearted war against smoking

Now that only about 12 per cent, or one in eight, Hong Kong people still smoke, you don't hear much these days about smokers' rights as opposed to the rights of the majority to breathe clean air. But the latest study on smoking and air quality has flushed the diehards out.

2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Green benefits for community not apparent

31 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Smoking banned at more public transport sites

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Smoking ban makes sense in today's world

When your city mayor regulates your streets to such an extent that you cannot even recreate the image that has become the symbol of freedom-loving heroic rebellion, you might think that the mayor has become intent on taking the fun out of city life. Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new smoking ban which would impose hefty fines on anyone who lights up in public areas.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


Smoking bans failed to deter smokers

Despite the HK$1,500 fine, people are still smoking everywhere. This has raised concerns about the efficiency of the ban.

I am a non-smoker and I sometimes see people smoking in Chinese restaurants or parks. There are many problems with the smoking ban.

19 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Smoking ban loophole unfair to city's hotels

The hotel industry in Hong Kong is fully supportive of the smoking ban in the bars and restaurants it operates.

10 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Study links memory loss to drug abuse

Sing Chai (a pseudonym), aged 19, quit school after half a year of studying for an associate degree in fashion design, a qualification he had long wanted to achieve.

This was because, after using drugs for 18 months, he suffered from memory loss that left him unable to study effectively.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am