Monday, 12 June 2017

Fewer youths donating blood in Singapore amid growing demand - updated

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Fewer young people aged between 16 and 25 are donating blood, with the number of youth donors decreasing by 13 per cent between 2012 and 2016.

According to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), more than 73,000 people donated blood last year, contributing blood to around 30,000 patients. Of these, 19,868 donors were aged between 16 and 25 - a drop from the 22,673 donors in 2012.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that an average of 600 regular donors stop donating blood each year due to age-related illnesses, and urged more people to step forward to give blood.

Currently, Singapore's need for blood is being met by 1.8 per cent of the residential population, HSA said.


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New Zika cluster reported at Parry Avenue

Two cases of locally transmitted Zika have been confirmed at Parry Avenue at the Serangoon Garden area, the National Environment Agency announced.

Both cases are residents in the vicinity. NEA has commenced operations to destroy mosquito breeding spots at the cluster area.

"Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats, as there could still be asymptomatic or mild, undiagnosed cases which might result in further transmission of the virus if there are mosquitoes in the vicinity," NEA said.


Exceptional people: Couple from China who returned $13k to money changer

The couple who returned 65,700 yuan (S$13,400) to a money changer at People's Park Complex were in Singapore to visit their daughter during the school holidays.

Mr Zhang and his wife, both 46, had returned an extra S$13,400 to Crante Money Changer after a money changer mistakenly keyed in the wrong figure last Saturday (June 3).

They had asked to exchange 207,300 yuan to Singapore dollars, but the money changer keyed in 273,000 yuan and gave the couple S$55,600, Shin Min Daily News reported.


Why you should not fold toilet paper tips into neat triangles

After using the toilet and before washing your hands, folding the toilet paper will pass germs and bacteria on. The possibility of getting an infection increases as a result.