x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Don't call this man a hero

Mao Zedong was a mass murderer, and today's China should not admire him, a reader says. Other letter topics: the UAQ youth mis-diagnosed with AIDS, women's health, oil, and Turkey's Kurds.

Mao Zedong, former chairman of the People's Republic of China, in 1952. Efforts by China's current crop of leaders to revitalise Mao's image prompted one reader to ask how a man who killed millions can ever be praised. AP Photo
Mao Zedong, former chairman of the People's Republic of China, in 1952. Efforts by China's current crop of leaders to revitalise Mao's image prompted one reader to ask how a man who killed millions can ever be praised. AP Photo

I refer to your page-one story Mother's plea for son with cancer turns the spotlight on health care (September 16).

The dramatic story of misdiagnosis and a mother's frantic anxiety and a sheikh's intervention was stirring to read.

First we are shocked at the misfortune this young man suffered.

Then we are stirred by his mother's anxiety and determination to try anything.

Next we are relieved and impressed by the swift work of Sheikh Hamdan in acting personally to get the case the careful attention it deserves.

And finally we are left hoping that good medical care can help this young man suffering such a cruel disease.

The story also reminds us that we cannot expect the health system to be perfect.

Many people do expect that, it seems to me, while being more accepting of fallibility in other professions. In reality nothing human is perfect.

Another lesson, however, is that the people in charge of our medical system need to remember every day that ordinary people, with real feelings and real lives, depend on the system enormously.

Lilliane El-Gabri, Abu Dhabi

The story about the boy with cancer was an eye-opener. How in the world did the doctors misdiagnose this boy?

The action of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed gesture is commendable. He is always prompt with help.

But this case should also remind us that we need some reforms to the health care system.

Kanwar Hayat, Dubai

Despite the intervention of Sheikh Hamdan in this case, which is highly praiseworthy, we still have to note that the health services in the Northern Emirates leave a lot to be desired.

Name withheld by request

Congratulations to our leaders on yet another gesture that shows their generosity and concern.

In many other societies, this woman's woes and pleas would have fallen on deaf ears.

Now this young man gets the treatment he deserves and needs, and the medical system can be improved.

Ahmet Kianin, Dubai

Mao was no hero and killed millions

It was deeply dismaying to read the story Great leap forward for revival of Mao's image (September 16).

It's amazing how a man who killed so many people, and subjected his country to poverty and tyranny, can have the respect of anyone. Mao was a monster.

"Excesses" hardly begins to cover the damage this man did. Mao Zedong truly ranks right up with Hitler and Stalin as the worst mass murderers of the last century.

What are the modern rulers of China teaching their people, if the public is not aware of that?

Olivia Chong, Abu Dhabi

Do more for women's health

The UAE promotes women in the workforce, respects their input in all forms and encourages their participation and opinion.

But the healthcare sector leaves a lot to be desired in this regard.

Breast cancer awareness informs many of us that this form of illness is the number one killer of women, and cervical cancer is second.

And yet mammograms, pap smears, vitamin pills and even birth control pills are generally not covered by insurance companies.

National campaigns promote awareness in women's health issues, but we should also act to subsidise medical provision of preventive care.

Name withheld by request

No paradox, oil is just running out

I refer to Oil defies forecasts of declining demand (September 14).

There is no paradox in oil prices remaining high despite anticipated lower demand. The so-called paradox is really just the reality of oil depletion.

The problem is that oil supply is not keeping up with demand.

Chuck White, Dubai

Turkey ignores a problem at home

I refer to your report Turkey leads with investment in North Africa (September 16).

Turkey's growth in the past decade, all will agree, has indeed been remarkable and impressive.

This growth and stability, have also given Turkey the confidence to play a bigger diplomatic role. However Turkey's democracy and respect for human rights have lagged. Perhaps Turkey's leaders would heed a quotation from a great leader who said "the exertions which a nation is prepared to make to protect its citizens from outrage is one of the truest measures of its greatness as an organised state". That great leader was Winston Churchill. I am referring to the Kurds, who comprise a substantial portion of the population of Turkey.

Shamal Karim, Abu Dhabi