Friday, 7 April 2017

Exceptional people: Special needs kid to hand-cycle for charity

Despite having spina bifida and not being able to walk, Jeremiah Liauw will hand-cycle 25km later this month in Ride for Rainbows to raise funds for Club Rainbow, which serves children with chronic illnesses.

The fund-raiser on April 29 has three segments: Cyclists can ride 100km, 50km or 25km.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin will also take part and cycle 100km.


Exceptional people: American boy helps hospice care patients with practical tools

An American boy scout who visited terminally ill patients at a hospice here has created a simple but useful tool to help them.

Andrew Greene, 14, a student at the Singapore American School, made six dexterity boards and delivered them to HCA Hospice Care last week.

These boards have items that help patients perform everyday tasks, such as gripping a clothes peg, turning a tap, zipping a bag, pulling a latch, pressing a switch and opening door lock.


Maid abusers do not deserve helpers - quote


More bystanders performing CPR during emergencies


Forum: Studies do not show benefits of TB booster shots

We thank Mr Ronald Lee for his interest in the fight against TB (Booster dose of BCG vaccine may help to fight TB, March 27).

All children in Singapore receive the BCG vaccination as part of the National Childhood Immunisation Programme. The BCG vaccination is meant to protect babies and young children against very serious forms of TB, such as TB meningitis (TB of the brain lining).

While the BCG vaccination provides some protection against lung TB, such protection is incomplete and lung TB can still occur. The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not recommend a booster shot for BCG because studies have failed to show the benefit of such booster shots.

To prevent the spread of TB in the community, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has put in place a national TB control programme.

Key strategies include early detection, ensuring adherence to treatment through Directly Observed Treatment (DOT), monitoring the progress of TB treatment and contact screening.

MOH is also exploring ways to make it less inconvenient for active TB patients on DOT. To increase accessibility and compliance, persons on DOT can choose to take their medication at polyclinics and partner GP clinics. Staff from the TB Control Unit also visit frail and elderly patients at their homes to help them with their medication.

While there are national control measures in place to reduce the risk of TB transmission in Singapore, everyone plays an important role in preventing the spread of TB.

Individuals who display symptoms of active TB, such as unexplained prolonged cough of three weeks or more should seek medical attention early to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Lim Bee Khim (Ms)
Corporate Communications
Ministry of Health