Sunday, 17 September 2017

1 in 2 children in car accidents not properly restrained

Parents should not be stingy when it comes to children's safety. Proper child seat is necessary as it could save life.
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One in two children who were inside a car during an accident were not in child seats or properly restrained, according to a study by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) from January 2012 to April 2016.

The figure was even higher for younger children – more than three out of five children under the age of two had not been restrained when an accident occurred.

The study covered 2,468 children up to the age of 16 who were taken to the accident and emergency departments of KKH and National University Hospital within 24 hours of a road traffic-related injury. They included infants and children inside a car during the accident, as well as pedestrians and those on bicycles and motorcycles who were involved in a crash with a car.

The report:
  • Nearly a quarter of the children (24%) in the study required hospitalisation, 
  • The majority (67%) had soft tissue injuries, 
  • 5.4% were brought to the hospital in critical condition and needed cardiopulmonary resuscitation or surgery,
  • Six children died of their injuries, and 
  • 51 were warded in the intensive care unit.
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Exceptional people: Young bone marrow donor urges others to step up

Singapore Polytechnic student Noor Syafizah Mahadi is only 20, but she can already call herself a lifesaver.

In June, she donated her bone marrow to an unrelated leukaemia patient living overseas, making her among the youngest donors from the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) - the only bone marrow donor registry here.

Today is World Marrow Donor Day and she is backing BMDP's call for more people of minority races to be donors. Of the 81,543 donors on BMDP's register, just 8% are Malays and 7% are Indians.

The odds of finding a bone marrow match outside of a person's family are one in 20,000. A match is more likely to be found within the patient's racial group.


Exceptional people: Marina Bay Sand's festival raises $3.9m for charity

Sewage surfer

Image from Justin Hofman's instagram page

A photo captured by Justin Hofman of the SeaLegacy collective which recently blew up on Instagram. The image, which is a tiny seahorse tugging a Q-tip in Indonesia's water, is both perfectly shot and a shameful commentary on humanity’s inability to control its own garbage.


Mayflower to be first mainstream primary school to enrol deaf students

Mayflower Primary School (MFPS) will be the first mainstream primary school in Singapore designated for children with hearing loss who sign, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

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With up to seven students enrolled to enter the Primary 1 cohort starting January next year, this initiative will allow students with hearing loss who sign to be fully integrated with their hearing peers, both academically and so

At MFPS, the students learn with their hearing peers for most subjects, including English, Math and Physical Education (PE). They will be taught separately when learning their mother tongue. Each class will be attended to by a specialised teacher, proficient in sign language, alongside the subject's teacher.

MFPS is located near to Beatty Secondary School, which is the current mainstream designated school for secondary-aged students with hearing loss who sign.

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