SARs or no SARs, comms still not on agenda for China

Toth, Olivia
May 2003
Media: Asia's Media & Marketing Newspaper;5/2/2003, p9
This article reports that as mainland China finally releases figures on the scale of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) crisis it is battling with, in Beijing, this newly-found openness belies a harsher reality, that in order for SARS sufferers to be treated, others are being turfed out of desperately needed hospital beds. The nation's AIDs sufferers are bearing the brunt of an under-resourced and mismanaged public health care system. The 2,753 cases of SARS officially reported to the World Health Organization do not match the plight of millions of AIDs sufferers in China who are being blocked out amid the SARS hysteria. In Singapore, companies have launched an online web site to commend the work of the frontline medical personnel treating SARS sufferers. Hong Kong's newspaper 'South China Morning Post' has launched Project Shield to raise funds for protective suits for medical workers.


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