Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Mr Tommy Koh has urged Singaporeans not to be too stingy when it comes to hawker food. He said people have no problems with paying $15 to $20 for a bowl of ramen, but not happy to pay more than $3 for hawker food.
Yes, you may be sitting in air con eatery and being served by staff, but the hawkers also work very hard for their living. We must change our mindset and pay more for hawker food, he said.
My 2 cents:
Same thing happens in the wet markets. We will argue with the vegetable or fish sellers over 10cents or 50cents, but we pay willing in the air con supermarkets without blinking an eye. The food that you buy from the wet markets or supermarkets are about the same, but cheaper when the supermarkets buy in bulk but selling more than the wet markets.
All those interactive digital toys and mobile apps designed for little children are exactly the type of gifts parents should take off their holiday shopping lists, pediatricians say.
That is because just like parking kids in front of the television, giving them tablets and smartphones to play games or handing them digitally enhanced toys gets in the way of creative play and interactions with caregivers that are essential for child development, according to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
"Physical toys (and books) support warm, verbally rich interactions and quality time for the parent or caregiver and the child," said report co-author Dr Alan Mendelsohn of New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City.
Under 2 years of age, children should not have any screen time at all, whether it is television or digital games and toys, according to the AAP.
Despite easy access to treatment in Singapore, asthma-related admissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) and deaths continue to occur. Many of these cases are preventable, experts told TODAY.
“Often, these patients did not seek medical help when they had symptoms of asthma, did not get properly diagnosed or did not take their inhaler medications every day even though they were diagnosed with asthma,” said Associate Professor Mariko Koh, senior consultant at Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) department of respiratory and critical care medicine.
HIGH-RISK BEHAVIOUR, POOR CONTROL OF DISEASE
Citing a local survey involving 400 asthmatics, which found that only 14% of patients had well-controlled asthma, Assoc Prof Koh said control of asthma among local patients is “generally poor”.
More than two-thirds (67%) of asthma patients admitted into ICU with fatal or near-fatal disease had “untreated asthma”, according to a local study on fatal asthma published in the journal Annals by the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2012.
Statistically, 1 in 10 patients admitted to ICU for asthma attack died every year.