Mary Ann Benitez

Hong Kong

Mary Ann Benitez

Reporter

Mary Ann Benitez is a veteran award-winning journalist. She has worked in print, TV and online. She covered health, welfare and ethnic minorities issues in Hong Kong for the Post until 2019.

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Dengue fever is now like the flu, WHO chief says, calling on countries to consider ‘practical values’ of new vaccine

Takeshi Kasai, the World Health Organisation's new regional director, says disease is now like the flu, as officials in the United States give first vaccine their approval.

Takeshi Kasai, the World Health Organisation's new regional director, says disease is now like the flu, as officials in the United States give first vaccine their approval.

28 May 2019 - 6:38PM
Measles in Hong Kong: how the city is responding to the growing outbreak across Asia

An outbreak of measles that has infected thousands of people across Asia and continues to spread is sparking concerns in Hong Kong about the preparedness of travellers, especially over the recent Easter holiday.

An outbreak of measles that has infected thousands of people across Asia and continues to spread is sparking concerns in Hong Kong about the preparedness of travellers, especially over the recent Easter holiday.

27 Apr 2019 - 9:15AM
Philippine Senate hopefuls appeal for expat votes in Hong Kong

About half of 87,000 registered Filipino voters in the city will begin casting their ballots on April 13.

About half of 87,000 registered Filipino voters in the city will begin casting their ballots on April 13.

2 Apr 2019 - 10:51AM
Dengue fever threat looms in Philippines amid vaccine fears and deadly measles outbreak

Health authorities in the Philippines face an uphill battle against potentially fatal infectious diseases because of distrust in an immunisation programme after a controversial vaccine, Dengvaxia, was blamed for several deaths.

Health authorities in the Philippines face an uphill battle against potentially fatal infectious diseases because of distrust in an immunisation programme after a controversial vaccine, Dengvaxia, was blamed for several deaths.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:07AM
Hong Kong private hospital competition heats up over fixed price packages to capture middle market

Gleneagles says it will expand all-inclusive fixed price packages to cover more medical conditions and complex surgeries.

Gleneagles says it will expand all-inclusive fixed price packages to cover more medical conditions and complex surgeries.

2 Dec 2018 - 9:10PM
Safe sex still best way to avoid HIV infection, says top Hong Kong doctor as he questions He Jiankui’s claim of genetically edited babies being immune

Dr Kenny Chan says doctors already have ways of helping people avoid the virus that causes Aids, and ‘we should adhere to those’.

Dr Kenny Chan says doctors already have ways of helping people avoid the virus that causes Aids, and ‘we should adhere to those’.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:36PM
Hong Kong summit on human gene editing to discuss regulation in wake of claim by Chinese scientist He Jiankui that he edited genes of newborn twins

Second International Summit of Human Genome Editing, which opens on Tuesday at HKU, will make formal statement at the close of the meeting. Organising committee says it was not aware of experiments by Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who will speak at the summit.

Second International Summit of Human Genome Editing, which opens on Tuesday at HKU, will make formal statement at the close of the meeting. Organising committee says it was not aware of experiments by Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who will speak at the summit.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:40PM
No progress yet on blacklist of rogue recruiters to aid Hong Kong jobseekers, especially domestic helpers

Government spokesman says list is not retroactive and will only consider agencies who flout rules since new portal’s launch.

Government spokesman says list is not retroactive and will only consider agencies who flout rules since new portal’s launch.

25 Nov 2018 - 9:33PM
We must act soon or generations of Hong Kong children will be raised in poverty, warns head of city’s social service council

Children are going hungry as families struggle to make ends meet as head of Council of Social Service warns of threat of intergenerational poverty if government does not address issues that have made 1.37 million destitute.

Children are going hungry as families struggle to make ends meet as head of Council of Social Service warns of threat of intergenerational poverty if government does not address issues that have made 1.37 million destitute.

20 Nov 2018 - 11:20PM
Child abuse on rise in Hong Kong as NGO handles 1,289 calls in a year, but activist says reported cases are just tip of the iceberg

Against Child Abuse report says NGO handled 1,289 calls about potential incidents between April 2017 and March 2018, as organisation’s acting director calls for ban on smacking in the home.

Against Child Abuse report says NGO handled 1,289 calls about potential incidents between April 2017 and March 2018, as organisation’s acting director calls for ban on smacking in the home.

20 Nov 2018 - 10:07PM
Toothbrush harder to build than Mars rover part is ‘breakthrough’ in dental care, Hong Kong inventor says

Ng Tze-chuen gained fame for his gripper tool on the Beagle 2 Mars lander, and has now co-designed a toothbrush targeting all dental surfaces.

Ng Tze-chuen gained fame for his gripper tool on the Beagle 2 Mars lander, and has now co-designed a toothbrush targeting all dental surfaces.

19 Nov 2018 - 9:18PM
9 in 10 Hong Kong primary school children on welfare are not having basic needs met, says Society for Community Organisation ahead of World Children’s Day

Families are receiving just HK$3,000 a month on average and many cannot adequately feed their children or afford enough winter clothes, study finds

Families are receiving just HK$3,000 a month on average and many cannot adequately feed their children or afford enough winter clothes, study finds

19 Nov 2018 - 1:59PM
With incoming public funds, Hong Kong’s only vet school prepares to nearly double its student intake

Dean says job prospects are good for locally trained vets, but one representative of the sector says that might not be the case.

Dean says job prospects are good for locally trained vets, but one representative of the sector says that might not be the case.

18 Nov 2018 - 9:34AM
How Hong Kong can do more for job-seeking ethnic-minority residents, especially in civil service recruitment

NGOs call for government support in assessing applicants on a case-management basis, and to move away from tendency for labour-intensive jobs.

NGOs call for government support in assessing applicants on a case-management basis, and to move away from tendency for labour-intensive jobs.

17 Nov 2018 - 11:30PM
Pregnant women need to reconsider ‘eating for two’ according to study which finds link between weight gain and diabetes and obesity in children

International study by Chinese University in Hong Kong finds link between weight gain during pregnancy and diabetes and obesity in children.

International study by Chinese University in Hong Kong finds link between weight gain during pregnancy and diabetes and obesity in children.

14 Nov 2018 - 10:55PM
For successful HPV vaccination, offer shots free and in schools, Hong Kong researchers say

Coverage rate in city would surge to more than 80 per cent, Chinese University study shows.

Coverage rate in city would surge to more than 80 per cent, Chinese University study shows.

6 Nov 2018 - 7:35PM
Two Filipino mothers pin last hopes on final appeal to stay in Hong Kong as separation from families loom

Both have been battling for their residency rights since 2011 and 2014, and the ruling will affect outcome of other similar cases.

Both have been battling for their residency rights since 2011 and 2014, and the ruling will affect outcome of other similar cases.

4 Nov 2018 - 3:33PM
Videos in English, Hindi and Nepali help Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities understand city’s education system

NGO rolls out explainers in bid to overcome challenges from low level of Chinese language ability in segments of local community.

NGO rolls out explainers in bid to overcome challenges from low level of Chinese language ability in segments of local community.

1 Nov 2018 - 10:48PM
Hong Kong public helps Bethune House secure enough funding to keep two refuges for distressed helpers open until end of year

There were fears charity would be forced to close, having relied mainly on donations for the upkeep of its two shelters.

There were fears charity would be forced to close, having relied mainly on donations for the upkeep of its two shelters.

28 Oct 2018 - 12:59PM
More people in Hong Kong getting flu jabs ahead of winter peak season as public awareness grows

In the first two weeks of the government’s vaccination programme, more than 136,000 flu shots were administered.

In the first two weeks of the government’s vaccination programme, more than 136,000 flu shots were administered.

27 Oct 2018 - 10:42PM
Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong facing more expenses as new law forces them to make social security contributions back home

New law in Philippines means overseas workers will have to pay equivalent of about HK$350 a month in social security contributions.

New law in Philippines means overseas workers will have to pay equivalent of about HK$350 a month in social security contributions.

21 Oct 2018 - 11:33PM
Offer Hong Kong schoolchildren nasal spray vaccine to fight flu and not just traditional jabs, hospital pharmacists say

Group cites survey showing parents prefer such an option, but health officials counter there is no evidence it is more effective than traditional jabs.

Group cites survey showing parents prefer such an option, but health officials counter there is no evidence it is more effective than traditional jabs.

17 Oct 2018 - 10:53PM
Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong vow to fight plan for mandatory HK$1,200 insurance

Manila wants to impose additional insurance requirement on those heading abroad for work, and helpers fear it will be themselves rather than employers who end up footing the bill.

Manila wants to impose additional insurance requirement on those heading abroad for work, and helpers fear it will be themselves rather than employers who end up footing the bill.

14 Oct 2018 - 8:31AM
Next chair of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission ‘needs to assert independence’

Minorities’ group says body has not fought hard enough for racial equality in the city, as government searches for successor to Alfred Chan.

Minorities’ group says body has not fought hard enough for racial equality in the city, as government searches for successor to Alfred Chan.

12 Oct 2018 - 7:25PM
Carrie Lam urged to end ‘institutional slavery’ in Hong Kong by acting on promise of support for city’s foreign domestic workers

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body welcomes inclusion of support for workers in Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address, and urges immediate action on wages and living conditions.

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body welcomes inclusion of support for workers in Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address, and urges immediate action on wages and living conditions.

12 Oct 2018 - 12:12PM
Activists welcome measures to help jobseekers among Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups as ‘potential game-changers’

Carrie Lam announces slew of new measures to further strengthen support for minorities, including pilot programme to provide employment services.

Carrie Lam announces slew of new measures to further strengthen support for minorities, including pilot programme to provide employment services.

11 Oct 2018 - 12:36AM
Schoolgirls to be vaccinated against HPV, in Hong Kong’s fight against cervical cancer

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces immunisation programme, as well as ban on e-cigarettes and other health policies.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces immunisation programme, as well as ban on e-cigarettes and other health policies.

11 Oct 2018 - 12:09PM
Hong Kong government urged to cut cancer treatment waiting times, as some in the city wait up to 80 days to be seen

The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society says the length of time to be seen by a doctor could be contributing to lower survival rate for some cancers in the city.

The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society says the length of time to be seen by a doctor could be contributing to lower survival rate for some cancers in the city.

7 Oct 2018 - 11:55AM
‘New measures’ on way to help Hong Kong’s ethnic minority residents, No 2 official says

Chief secretary adds government to hold training courses for civil servants to better understand and respect community of some 300,000.

Chief secretary adds government to hold training courses for civil servants to better understand and respect community of some 300,000.

6 Oct 2018 - 11:01PM
University of Hong Kong boosts space research in mainland China with HK$10 million for new Hangzhou lab

Facility in Zhejiang province is part of HKU’s efforts to step up research presence across the border, starting with microsatellite set for lift-off next year.

Facility in Zhejiang province is part of HKU’s efforts to step up research presence across the border, starting with microsatellite set for lift-off next year.

5 Oct 2018 - 11:38PM