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New guidelines on use of antibiotics Listen
The Centre for Health Protection has issued a new set of guidelines for doctors on the use of antibiotics, to try to help prevent drug resistance. The centre says some doctors dish out the drugs just because patients ask for them, even if they're not going to be of any use. The new guidelines stipulate how and when antibiotics should be prescribed for treating throat, skin or urinary tract infections. Dr Angus Chan, the chairman of the centre's Advisory Group in Antibiotic Stewardship in Primary Care, spoke to Priscilla Ng.
Social security system should undergo comprehensive review: lawmaker Listen
Labour Party legislator Fernando Cheung says the administration has been using a formula that was drawn up more than 20 years ago to calculate the increase in welfare payments and rent subsidies for welfare recipients. Government figures suggest Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payments will increase by 1.2 percent this year, which will give single adult recipients around HK$30 more each month. The rent subsidy is likely to go up by 1.3 percent. Cheung says the increases are grossly inadequate when compared with the actual increase in the cost of living and in rents. He tells Annemarie Evans that there is a need for a comprehensive review of Hong Kong's social security system.
Trump has great relationship with Duterte Listen
US President Donald Trump has told reporters in Manila that he has a great relationship with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte. He was speaking after the two men met on the sidelines of the Asean summit there. During the meeting, Duterte explained his controversial war on drugs, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. His spokesman said Trump did not raise the issue of human rights during the talks -- although the White House said it was mentioned briefly. RTHK’s Manila correspondent Alan Robles spoke to Annemarie Evans about the meeting.