Sunday, 25 February 2018

Singapore has one of the lowest mortality rates for newborns

Japan leads the list with one in 1,111 at risk of dying, followed by Iceland (a one in 1,000 chance of death), Singapore (one in 909), Finland (one in 833), Estonia and Slovenia (both one in 769), Cyprus (one in 714) and Belarus, Luxembourg, Norway and South Korea (all with risks of one in 667).

These countries are mostly well-off countries with strong education and health care systems, the report said.

Education matters. Babies born to mothers with no education face nearly twice the risk of early death as babies whose mothers have at least a secondary education.


Understanding ElderShield and its proposed changes

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Polyclinics chip in to tackle mental illnesses

Since 2012, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) have been training primary care doctors - such as general practitioners and polyclinic physicians - to pick up on signs of mental illness, in an effort to detect cases earlier and reduce the stigma surrounding the seeking of help for such problems.

Yesterday, the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) revealed that between October 2015 and last September, it dealt with 2,800 mental health cases - some of which involved patients who initially came in with other problems.

The scheme is a collaboration between NHGP, KTPH and the IMH and involves three polyclinics in Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Woodlands.

Every month, each sees roughly 30 patients with mental health issues, especially anxiety and depression.


Forum: No need to be heartless in drive to go cashless

As a young person, I have always been exposed to technology. I am comfortable with cashless payments and the use of ATM cards for ez-link top-ups and so on.

However, some people clearly do not feel the same way (MRT moves a step closer in journey to go cashless; Feb 19).

For some of these people, and I think they tend to be those in the low-income group, they see the use of physical cash as the best way for them to carefully monitor and manage their money.

Some elderly people also prefer using cash as they have trouble remembering their ATM pin number.

If public transport is meant to be a public service, why are the most needy members of the public being sacrificed so that we can thump our chest about being cashless?

Technology should never be the objective.

Technology should be a tool to improve the quality of life for everyone.

And to that end, technology is not the only tool.

The Pioneer Generation Office for example, realised that most seniors are not comfortable with going online and so have deployed volunteers to go house-to-house - thus using a high human touch rather than a high-tech method to good effect (Expanded drive to find out what Singapore seniors need; Feb 19).

While I recognise there are costs to handle cash, surely there are also charges being levied by Nets and other cashless service providers.

Why the urgency to do away with cash top-ups by 2020?

The decision-makers at the Land Transport Authority and TransitLink are likely to be tech-savvy people who appreciate going cashless, but I hope their hearts are big enough to keep our public transport as an inclusive service for all.

Tan Yi Han


Exceptional people: Six Hong Kah North residents honoured for reviving man who had cardiac arrest

SCDF officers with (from left) Mr Raymond Chew Ho Kiat, Mr Wong Kuek Phong, Dr Amy Khor, Mr Denny Ng Kheng Yong, Mr Asnadi Robani and Mr Billy Lim Kuang Lee. Mr Tee Hee Lon was not present at the awards ceremony. Source: channelnewsais
Six residents were commended on Friday (Feb 23) for saving a man who suffered a cardiac arrest at Hong Kah North Community Club last November.

The incident happened at around 9.45pm on Nov 21, 2017. Mr Denny Ng Kheng Yong, 42, and Mr Raymond Chew Ho Kiat, 52, were having a chat at the club's general office when they were informed that a man had fainted on the fourth floor of the building after playing table tennis.

The pair was later joined by Mr Asnadi Robani, 50, Mr Billy Lim Kuang Lee, 32, and Mr Tee Hee Lon, 26.

Another man, 67-year-old Wong Kuek Phong, rushed to take an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the first floor when the victim showed no signs of recovery.

It took three shots of the AED before the victim was resuscitated.