Thursday, 23 January 2020

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: 15 medical workers infected, 1 in critical condition

Fifteen medical workers in Wuhan have been diagnosed with pneumonia, with an additional worker suspected of having the disease, the local health authority said in a Weibo post on Tuesday (Jan 21).

One of the workers is in critical condition, it said, while the others are in a stable condition.

The news comes as authorities confirmed 17 deaths from the disease in Wuhan, with a Beijing government expert warning of human-to-human transmission, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely.


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Quicker recovery, less pain from hip surgery

The enhanced recovery programme enabled a group of patients to go home within 23 hours of their hip replacement surgery. Source: tnp

A new programme launched this month by Singapore General Hospital (SGH) will help patients who undergo hip replacement surgery shorten their stay in hospital, thus making it easier on their wallets.

The launch of the enhanced recovery programme comes after a successful pilot that began last January.

80% of patients who took part in the pilot project were able to go home within 23 hours of the surgery, compared with the typical four to five days in hospital.

Together with their family members or caregivers, the patients attended a newly introduced Joint Replacement Class where they were given pre-surgery instructions and taught pain management and wound care, diet and nutrition, and rehabilitation exercises.


Forum: Banks should do more to protect customers from scammers

There have been too many instances of innocent hard-working people falling prey to scammers, especially with the advent of online banking.

Aside from the usual reminders to people not to reveal their PIN and confidential data to anyone, what else can banks do to protect their customers?

It appears that banks are pushing the onus and responsibility onto their customers, when they should be the ones actively working with the authorities and security companies to provide customers with a safe banking experience.

I am not an expert in security, but in a recent case in which a woman had her life savings of $55,000 wiped out from her bank account in four transactions (Woman left with $99 after losing $55k in scam, Jan 19), could a cap or daily limit on withdrawals from her account have prevented her from losing so much?

If banks can cold call the public to sell investment-linked financial products, why can't they have a secure line to contact their clients when they spot something amiss?

If Mr X has been withdrawing $1,000 a month from his account for the last 10 years, and suddenly there is a request for a withdrawal of $100,000, is it too much for the bank to give him a courtesy call to confirm or ascertain that he is indeed making a legitimate request?

I hope the banks will do even more to protect their customers and put in more layers of security checks, before another person falls victim to these scammers.

Chan Whye Shiung


Exceptional people: Cardiff class of 30 pupils all get A* GCSE thanks to 'Maths whisperer' teacher

Star pupils: Teacher Francis Elive, centre, with his class of 30 A* pupils (Fitzalan School, Cardiff)

A star secondary class have been celebrating after all 30 pupils achieved an A* grade at Maths GCSE.

Students from Fitzalan High School in Cardiff have been taught by the same teacher since they joined the secondary school.

Francis Elive - known as ‘the Maths whisperer’ due to his incredible teaching methods and results – has taught the class their whole secondary school life.

His class took their exam six months early, and each was awarded the highest grade achievable.