Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Warning: Deadly flu outbreak in HongKong

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has called on local health authorities to take urgent measures to cope with a deadly flu outbreak - one of the city's worst in recent history.

According to the South China Morning Post, 157 people have died so far since the outbreak started in May. The worst such flu outbreak was in 2012, when 222 people died.

This year's peak flu season is expected to last another two weeks and with the situation expected to worsen, doctors have warned the public to be more wary and seek treatment immediately especially for vulnerable members of the population such as the elderly and very young children.

People going to HongKong please be careful of the deadly flu.


HFMD peak period approaching

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Singapore is approaching a peak period in the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cycle, according to researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

“The hand, foot, mouth disease comes in cycles, so we can see that every two to three years, we will have a big outbreak. This year, we are also coming to the peak period, where the virus will re-emerge and cause an outbreak,” said Dr Justin Chu of the university’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology on Monday (Jul 17).

However, the number of cases this year is unlikely to surpass the more than 41,000 cases recorded last year, Dr Chu added. According to the Health Ministry, there have been more than 17,000 cases of HFMD this year as of Jul 1, compared to more than 23,000 in the same period in 2016.


KidStart scheme for low-income kids to stay

Pilot scheme KidStart, which aims to level the playing field for disadvantaged children, will be made permanent in a bid by the Government to break the cycle of poverty in Singapore.

It is among a series of moves the authorities want to make to intervene earlier to prevent social problems such as inequality and family dysfunction from becoming entrenched, Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin told The Straits Times last week.

The Government is also stepping in earlier to help workers and families who are showing signs of financial struggle yet would not usually qualify for ComCare aid.

Mr Tan said he wants to expand it beyond the five locations (Kreta Ayer, Bukit Merah, Taman Jurong, Boon Lay and Geylang Serai) where it is now in place even before the pilot ends, depending on resources available.


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Warning alert: HSA issues alert on cosmetic set containing 'very high mercury levels', prohibited ingredients

Do not buy or use the Glow Glowing Skincare 4-in-1 cosmetic set, which comprises two products containing "very high levels of mercury and other potent prohibited ingredients", the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) warned.

One of the products, the Night Glowing cream, was found to contain mercury levels exceeding the permissible limits by more than 25,000 times, which can pose a "serious health hazard", said HSA.

Both the Night Glowing and Night Glow creams were sold on various online platforms and marketed for skin brightening and whitening, as well as to help reduce pimples, said the authority.


More opportunities for youth to volunteer overseas - updated

Singaporean youth will get more chances to volunteer overseas through opportunities provided by the National Youth Council (NYC) and an enhanced Youth Expedition Programme (YEP).

There will now be 6,000 volunteering and engagement opportunities offered within Asia each year, up from the yearly 4,000, said NYC chief executive officer David Chua at the launch of Youth Corps Singapore's YEP photojournalism exhibition yesterday.

He said he hoped the exhibition, a ground-up initiative that showcased young people's contributions to the community and the region, will encourage others to step out of their comfort zones here and head overseas to explore opportunities and learn more about their Singapore identity.


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