Saturday, 21 September 2019

Exceptional people: Woman helps cardiac arrest victim a day after learning first aid

She spent two days learning first-aid skills from the Singapore Red Cross, and 24 hours later, Ms Priya Choudhary helped save an elderly man who had fainted at Queenstown Stadium.

Recalling the incident to The New Paper last Wednesday, Ms Priya said: "A harmless situation can go dramatically wrong and the least you can do is to be prepared."

She hoped more people would learn first aid to help others in emergencies.


Eight brands of heartburn medicine taken off shelves due to cancer-causing impurities

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Eight brands of medicine used to treat heartburn, including the widely used Zantac, have been taken off hospital, clinic and pharmacy shelves here since Monday.

This is after the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) found unacceptable amounts of an impurity in the medicines that, when taken over long periods, could cause cancer.

It found that eight contained trace amounts of a nitrosamine impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine, which exceeded the internationally acceptable level.

The brands are: Zantac, Aciloc, Apo-Ranitidine, Hyzan, Neoceptin R, Vesyca, Xanidine and Zynol.


Scam alert: Over $1.5 million lost so far to new tech support scams: Police

Since August, at least 21 cases of a new variant of technical support scams have been reported, the police warned in a press release on Wednesday.

In these scams, callers would impersonate staff of telecommunication service provider Singtel and the Singapore Police Force.

Others would claim to represent the Cyber Crime Department of Singapore or the Cyber Police of Singapore and deceive victims saying they had committed a criminal offence.

The cases so far have resulted in a loss of more than $1.5 million, it added.


Forum: Time to be more strategic - and empathetic - in helping the needy

The case of the 78-year-old man who had a kitchen full of unused bottles of soya sauce gives valuable insights into the inadvertent nuisance that giving without empathy can lead to (Donated food gone to waste sparks debate on efforts of volunteers, Sept 8).

Though it is heartening to see that people do care about volunteering, it is time that such activities are undertaken with a strategic intent.

Often, volunteer groups do not set guidelines or any form of restrictions when it comes to donations.

This, as I understand, is more to encourage donors than due to a lack of intent.

Efforts at the grassroots level could be needed in order to shift the focus from the collection and distribution of donations to the real needs of the beneficiaries.

Conversations with the beneficiaries, house visits and lifestyle observations could help towards this end.

As donors, it would be worthwhile for us to see a beneficiary as a real person and to ponder on how our donations might be used or wasted.

For instance, in the case of the beneficiary cited in the article, if the volunteers had recognised that an appointment with the plumber and payment towards plumbing services would solve the immediate problems at his home, this could have been conveyed to potential donors or volunteers.

An interesting comment was put forth in the article that donors do not trust the low-income groups to make wise choices and, hence, would prefer to donate in kind.

If this is true, then efforts should be made towards conveying the correct scenario to potential donors, and inviting them to understand the real issues of the beneficiaries rather than leave it to donors to give indiscriminately.

This would also help in increasing the sense of purpose among donors.

Sudeepa Nair


$100 incentive for early disposal of e-scooters that do not meet safety standards: LTA

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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is offering a $100 “early disposal incentive” for each non-safety-compliant e-scooter sent in for free disposal at designated disposal points from Monday (23 September) to 30 November, 2019.

In a media release on Friday, it said that such measures are aimed at encouraging personal mobility device (PMD) owners to dispose of their non-compliant devices early. Authorities brought forward the deadline to comply with the new standard from 1 January 2021 to 1 July 2020.

The LTA said that, for safety reasons, non-UL2272 PMD owners should discard their devices only at the designated disposal points set up by LTA-appointed e-waste recyclers across HDB estates or at LTA’s Sin Ming office.

To apply for the early disposal incentive, e-scooter owners must log into their SingPass/CorpPass account and submit an online application at the One Motoring website to dispose of their devices.