Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Six PMD user deaths since 2017, spike in injuries

At least six people have died from using personal mobility devices (PMDs) since 2017, according to latest figures from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

TTSH has collated the numbers since 2017, which show that head and neck injuries make up a majority of PMD-related injuries. They accounted for 41% of the 303 injuries reported, followed by external injuries such as abrasions and lacerations at 26% and facial injuries at 12%.

The first nine months of this year TTSH  have already seen 79 such patients, an almost 70% rise from the whole of 2017.

The vast majority of these patients were PMD users. The youngest was a two-year-old pillion rider who suffered a head injury. The oldest was a 90-year-old rider.


Why we need to use nature in the fight against climate change

Mangroves at Tampines park

In the fight against climate change, solutions found in nature will be part of the Republic's first line of defence.

While Singapore has big plans to invest in hard infrastructure to deal with the effects of rising sea levels, it also plans to employ “nature-based solutions”, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Monday (Oct 21).

Speaking at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting, Mr Masagos noted that over 2 million trees, more than 350 parks and four nature reserves have been planted and built across Singapore. An additional 250,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted as part of the Forest Restoration Action Plan.

“To boost our natural defences such as mangroves, we take both hard and soft engineering approaches to mitigate coastal erosion and actively restore our mangrove areas,” he added.

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Have you been ignoring a nagging pain? Here is why you should see a doctor

The World Health Organization estimates that about 22% of the world's population live with chronic pain, or pain that persists beyond three months. And with Singapore's ageing population, the number of patients is also steadily climbing.

At the Pain Management Centre at Singapore General Hospital, for instance, patient numbers have increased by about 10% every year.

“Pain also has a psychological component,” said Dr Mark Chong, consultant with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at National University Hospital. “Pain can upset other systemic problems like blood pressure and blood sugar control. Inability to cope with pain may even lead to negative psychological consequences such as depression, anxiety and phobia.”

“Typically, you should seek medical help if the high-intensity pain lasts for more than two to three days,” said Chng Chye Tuan, Core Concepts’ senior principal physiotherapist. Get help immediately if the pain is acute and constant. Most soft tissue strains get better within a week and there should be an improvement in the pain intensity over time. “If the pain does not clear up by two weeks, see a doctor or physiotherapist,” he advised.