Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
WtdMiday, June 6, 1973 THE IfcTHDRIDOE KHA10 Flies, mosquitoes target of China health campaign Masks are common An elderly woman (left) wears a surgical mask to help prevent the spread of common head colds as shoppers stroll through a market area in Shanghai. Surgical masks, are a common sight on the streets of China, but so is spitting on the streets, in trains, even in restaurants. By CARL MOLLINS CANTON (CP) By actual census, in travel that spanned about miles in more than three weeks, there are seven housefiies in China. Unless, of course, the three counted in this southern re- gion had migrated quickly from Shanghai and Hang- chow, where the others were spotted. But there are at least three or four. Two red blotches on the up- per arm suggest there are also Mosquitos in Canton, al- though they attacked unseen, and at least one hostelry here still features old mosquito neeting around the beds. Flies and mosquitoes were two of the targets in an in- credible mass campaign against pests and disease dur- ing the 1950s. Rats and, at first, sparrows were other targets who made the daily lists of casualty counts issued then by the New China News Agency. No rats were seen in the travels and also, eerily, few birds. The anti-sparrow campaign, which featured drum-beating and shouting until birds dropped in exhaustion and were killed, was called off after it was discovered that caterpillars and other natural on the increase. But the halt came after millions of birds were killed, almost two billion by official count in the peak year of 1958 alone. Now it seems strange to walk through woods and fields, even in cities where tree-planting campaigns have made the streets verdant, and seldom hear or see a bird. Bedbugs supplanted birds in the anti-pest campaign. Insects that damage food- crops are being curbed by DDT, about which Chinese au- thorities apparently feel none of the qualms about cumula- tive poisoning that led to ban- ning of the chemical in parts of the West. Disease-carrying snails and leeches have been largely eliminated from the rivers, canals and irrigation ditches, thereby eliminating the liver disease called schlstoso- miasis. That scourge, along with others such as malaria, plus venereal disease and drug ad- diction were virtually elimi- nated within a decade by a combination of anti-pest cam- paigns, social coercion and a medical program with the stress on prevention. Health campaigns improved sanitation systems and aware- ness of how germs spread. The sungical mask donned to prevent the spread of a head- cold is a common sight. But there are curious con- tradictions. Spitting in streets, on trains and even in restau- rants is prevalent. Spitoons, sometimes with long-handled cover, are common in public buildings. 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Telephone 328.9231 Work on display A display of work by Moshe Safdie, 35-year-old Montreal architect of Expo 67's Habitat, is on show at Museum of Art in San Francisco. Safdie bases his work on some advanced philosophical views obout man's relation- ship with his natural surroundings. Safdie plans favor gardens By JAMES NELSON SAN FRANCISCO (CP) Moshe Safdie, the 35-year-old Montreal architect of Expo 67's will have the first major international showing of his works at a mu- seum of modern art here. In a sense, it marks the re- turn of Safdie with honors to California where the state board of university trustees turned down one of his char- acteristic building plans after all other authorities had ap- proved it. The occasion for his return is the annual meeting of the American Institute of Archi- tects and part of the display at the San Francisco Museum of Art will incorporate the de- sign of the rejected State Col- lege Student Union building. Safdie, who studied archi- tecture at McGill University. Montreal, and now divides his time mainly between Mont- real and Israel, bases his work on some advanced philo- sophical views about man's relationship with his natural surroundings. These are to be displayed in 150 panels of his projects, drawings and writings in an exhibit which later will be shown at the Baltimore Mu- seum of Art, which organized the exhibit. EXPO PROMINENCE Safdie sprang into interna- tional prominence with his de- sign of Habitat on the Mont- real Expo site, a conglomera- tion of self-contained apart- ments designed to be factory- built for economy, but pre- serving individuality and open space. Each apartment has a garden, supported by part of the apartment below. Gardens figure large in the Safdie concept of living space. The exhibit here is titled Moshe Safdie: For Everyone a Garden. He has used the same concept for the Tropaco Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and projects in New York and Israel, his birth- place. Safdie's concept of apart- ment living in tune with the local environment is exempli- fied in his design for the Vir- gin Islands resort. "When I first visited Tro- paco I kept thinking if the building could grow like the cacti on the site, then maybe the land would not be totally destroyed by development." His plan was to design a structure that would appear as though it had always been there, not violating the natu- ral environment. The Safdie display at the San Francisco Museum of Art will remain here until June 17, when it will be moved to Baltimore. Eye on PoWs WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon's health chief says all returned Vietnam prisoners of war will be advised and watch- ed for five years to avoid the) high violent death rates exper- ienced by some United States PoWs after the Second World War and Korea. DIES UNDER TRAIN BUFFALO (AP) A young woman who apparently was climbing between freight cars of a halted train Sunday was killed when the train started, police said. They said the body of Geraldine Zamborowski, 19, was found severed on the way tracks on the city's east side.