Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Hearing-impaired children adapting to mainstream school at Mayflower Primary

Every canteen stall at Mayflower Primary School has icons and photos to indicate the food and drinks available and most of the vendors know some simple sign language.

The school has been making adjustments to its teaching and even canteen operations to cater for six Primary 1 pupils with hearing loss who joined this year. It is the first designated primary school for such students, and the entire school community spent the past few months preparing for their arrival.

The photos are meant as visual cue cards for the students with hearing loss, so they can order their food by pointing - although some vendors said they encountered teething issues on the first few days of school.

The hearing-impaired students have also been assigned two buddies each from upper primary to look after them during recess.

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Warning: Woman hospitalised for life-threatening skin condition after taking modafinil

A woman in her 30s who consumed modafinil was hospitalised after developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a life-threatening skin condition with blistering and severe peeling of the skin.

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Modafinil is a potent prescription medicine that is not registered locally. The woman had consumed it to improve her alertness for her long hours of work after obtaining the product from her friend.

She developed an itchy rash which spread to the whole body after taking it. Her skin then peeled off severely and she had a painful throat, multiple mouth ulcers and conjunctivitis.

HSA said that self-medication with modafinil for the purposes of improving focus and memory is not appropriate and can be harmful. Singapore's Health Sciences Authority (HSA) also alerted members of the public not to consume the drug without appropriate medical supervision.

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Police cameras helped solve more than 2,300 cases: MHA

As of end 2017, video footage from police cameras has helped solve more than 2,300 cases, said Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin in Parliament.

The first wave of cameras, known as PolCam 1.0, saw 65,000 cameras installed in neighbourhoods from 2012. PolCam 2.0 was introduced in mid-2016 and as of last year, 5,000 cameras have been installed in town centres, neighbourhood centres, hawker centres and linkways leading to transportation nodes such as MRT stations and bus interchanges.

The plan for is to install 11,000 cameras at 2,500 locations islandwide over the next few years, said Mr Amrin.

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