Friday, 3 November 2017

Mission launched to fight antibiotics-resistant microbes

Microbes are becoming increasingly resistant to drugs, largely caused by the overuse or abuse of medication like antibiotics.

Should antibiotics be no longer effective, then even simple infections could kill.

To fight this, Singapore set up an inter-ministerial committee called the One Health workgroup in January, to provide a whole-of-government effort to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by educating the public on the problem and what they can do, as well as work with professionals and industry.

How AMR started

Professor K. Fukuda of the University of Hong Kong pointed to agriculture as a major cause of AMR.

In the US, more than 70% of antibiotics are used on animals, he said.

Resistance can develop along the food chain as people eat these animals, or through the waste water containing traces of antibiotics.


Exceptional people: Only 10 but already recognised as an inspiring NKF caregiver

Nurul Syafiqah Roslan, 10, wakes up at 6am every day to prepare medication for her mother, who uses a wheelchair and has kidney failure and heart problems.

Then, she dresses her mum in the toilet before cooking scrambled eggs and beans for breakfast.

At 6.40am, she heads to Bedok Green Primary School with her sister, Nuryh Diyana, eight.

For being such a dedicated caregiver, Nurul was one of four recipients of the Dedicated Caregiver Awards at the Life Champion Awards Celebration 2017 held at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Centre yesterday.

There is one new case of kidney failure every five hours in Singapore.

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1.37m Singaporeans to receive GST voucher in November

About 1.37 million eligible Singaporeans will get S$280 million in GST vouchers this month, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said in a press release on Wednesday (Nov 1).

Announced in Budget 2017, the GST Voucher - Cash Special Payment aims to help lower-income households with their expenses. It follows the GST Voucher - Cash (Regular) payout of up to S$300 that was given to eligible Singaporeans in August.


Warning: 2 elderly women fall ill after taking products marketed as traditional Chinese medicine

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is warning the public not to buy or consume two products promoted in Malaysia as traditional Chinese medicine, after two elderly women fell ill after taking them.

The two products - Wan Ling Ren Sem Chin Kuo Pill and Chong Cao Dan - contain undeclared Western medicinal ingredients, including a potent steroid called dexamethasone, HSA said in a press release.

In addition to the dexamethasone (a steroid) found in both products, Chong Cao Dan was also found to contain frusemide (a diuretic that helps to remove excess fluid from the body) and chlorpheniramine (an anti-allergy medicine), HSA said.

"The undeclared potent Western medicinal ingredients in the products can pose serious health risks to consumers, especially when taken over a prolonged period without medical supervision," the authority said.

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Scam warning: IKEA Singapore warns of scam messages offering free vouchers

IKEA Singapore is warning customers of messages circulating online and through messaging apps purportedly offering free vouchers from the Swedish furniture giant.

The messages, which contain bad spelling and grammatical errors, come in the form of a survey. Recipients are asked to answer a question to receive a S$500 IKEA voucher.

"Please protect yourself by not sharing your personal information or clicking on any suspicious links. Do spread the word to your friends so they are aware," IKEA added.


No fake rice found in Singapore so far: AVA

AVA gave tips on how members of the public could test the authenticity of rice at home.

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