Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Living tip: Wayne Lai on do not make money your top priorty

Spiritual talk by Master Jun Hong Lu

In recognition of Lu's efforts to promote Traditional Chinese Culture, Buddhism, and World Peace, the UK-based Unity of Faiths Foundation (Charity No.1153619) honoured Lu with the ‘World Peace Award (Buddhism)’ and the title of the Ambassador for World Peace in July 2012.

Master Jun also travels around the world to help people spiritually. Watch the video when
Master Jun Hong Lu was in Singapore 2012 on how he did that.

Voices: AVA manages free-roaming chickens for public health, safety


We thank all Voices writers who shared their views on the management of free-roaming chickens and take this opportunity to clarify the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority position.

One of the AVA’s responsibilities is to ensure that Singapore is kept free from associated animal and plant diseases that pose a threat to public health.

In this regard, the AVA must do surveillance work to detect and control diseases well before they can potentially spread to Singapore.

There is clear scientific evidence that chickens are very susceptible to the bird flu virus and can in turn transmit the disease to humans. This was what happened when bird flu struck the region in 2004.

That is also why the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization, in a joint statement in 2004 about battling bird flu, mentioned the need to manage free-range chickens: To control bird flu at source.

Keeping poultry in a bio-secured environment is one of the OIE’s recommended measures to prevent bird flu incursion.

The risk of free-roaming chickens in Singapore being exposed to bird flu is real and significant, as we are a stopover node for migratory wild birds.

This means that chickens on our island can catch the disease through direct contact with wild birds or even through their droppings.

In a recent bird flu outbreak in Denmark, investigations found that it started because of contact between wild birds and free-roaming chickens.

There have also been cases of outbreaks around the world where the primary risk factor for human infection was linked to direct or indirect exposure to infected poultry.

For example, in recent months, there had been reports of human infections in China and Vietnam owing to close proximity to infected chickens, such as in live poultry markets or during preparation of meals using free-roaming chickens.

Various media reports may have given the impression that the AVA is taking action solely because of complaints about noise.

But that is not the case. Our concern is not about noise but about public health and safety.

The noise issues only serve to bring attention to the relatively high numbers of free-roaming chickens in certain areas, which in turn raise
the risk of exposure to bird flu in these localities.

We recognise the views expressed by different stakeholders and will continue exploring various options to manage the free-roaming chicken population.

We are also continuing our studies of the risks of a bird flu outbreak in Singapore, to better understand how the disease may start and spread through free-roaming chickens here, and what measures are needed to reduce public health risks.

We seek the understanding of all Singaporeans as we go about doing this work to keep our nation and our people safe.


This reply was in response to the following:
1) Culling of 24 chickens in Sin Ming ruffles feathers

Travellers going to yellow fever endemic countries are advised to get vaccinated

image for illustration only

Travellers are advised to get vaccinated against yellow fever before going to countries where the mosquito-borne disease is endemic, said Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH).

The vaccination should be done at least 10 days before travelling to such countries,  besides Brazil, they are Argentina, Colombia, Kenya and Ethiopia where yellow fever is also endemic.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint aches, loss of appetite and nausea or vomiting. In most cases, the symptoms disappear after three to four days and only a small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms, said MOH.


Health tip: Loss weight with cat stretch exercise - in Chinese