World Tuberculosis Day – 24 Mar 2013

World Tuberculosis day – 24 Mar 2013

So what can you do to stop TB in your lifetime? Beside taking good care of your body. TB can be spread via airborne.

The best is that TB can be detected early, to prevent it from spreading it to more people once the diagnosis is out. Hospitals can help to isolate the TB patients into a negative pressure rooms to prevent the spreading of TB to other healthy people and healthcare personnel should wear protective gears (especially N95 Mask) and take note of infection control measures while handling patients.

Visit http://www.stoptb.org for more updates and information relating to Tuberculosis.

Singapore Cord Blood Bank

Singapore Cord Blood Bank

The Celebration of a Baby’s Birth … A Gift of Life to Another!

This precious gift of life, the blood from the umbilical cord, used to be routinely discarded after the birth of a baby. Today, this gift can be collected after the baby’s birth and donated to a public cord blood bank to help someone with a life-threatening disease (mainly leukemia).

More about the Singapore Cord Blood Bank (from the brochure they gave me)

The Singapore Cord Blood Bank is Singapore’s only non-profit public cord blood bank. Officially opened in September 2005, and was set-up in response to a demand for unrelated donor umbilical cord blood for transplantation therapy by Haematologists (doctors who specialise in study of blood) and Paediatrician (doctors who specialise in children’s diseases) in Singapore.

At present, the chances of a Singaporean finding a potentially life-saving stem cell match are slim. While there are a large number of donors of Caucasian origin in bone marrow and cord blood registries around the world, 65% – 80% of Asians worldwide are currently unable to find a match. As a result, many Singaporeans and patients in Asia succumb to diseases that might otherwise be treated with a blood stem cell transplant.

With this national resource  (for cord blood), over 100 patients have been given a chance of survival in Singapore and around the world.

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According to staff advocate from Singapore Cord Blood Bank, Singapore Cord Blood Bank is the only public blood bank which has the most Asian based cord blood.

7 Steps to Cord Blood Donations

Of course, the donated cord blood will be used to save lives of those who needed it.

For Expectant mothers, it is up to you to decide whether you want to donate your baby’s cord blood and for those mothers who have donated their baby’s cord blood, do share your experiences.

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Visit http://www.scbb.com.sg/Pages/Home.aspx for more informations & learn more about how cord blood helps in saving lives.

Visit their facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/thescbb to be their fan & spread this cause to other people.

You can contact Singapore Cord Blood Bank @ (65) 63945011 or email them at info@scbb.com.sg if  you have any enquiries.

If you wish to make financial contributions to Singapore Cord Blood Bank, you can visit http://www.scbb.com.sg/SiteCollectionDocuments/SCBB_Takeone_Donation.pdf & download the form and send it to:

SINGAPORE CORD BLOOD BANK

KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital
100 Bukit Timah Road, Women’s Tower Basement 1,
Unit OB60A, Singapore 229899

Tax deductible receipts from SingHealth Foundation are available for donations in support of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank.

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Many lives are being saved with Cord Blood available. Hope you all will consider to save more lives by donating cord blood. As what I know, it is difficult to find a matching bone marrow compared to usage of cord blood to treat diseases. I am sharing this with all my readers as I hope more lives can be saved too (using cord blood than throwing away) and this move will be meaningful. Don’t you think so?

Thank you for reading this blog post.

Advertisement: Eu Yan Sang Clinics is 10!


In 2002, their first clinic at South Bridge Road opened. Today, Eu Yan Sang has 21 clinics conveniently located islandwide to offer a comprehensive range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies for your health and well-being. In conjunction with 10 years of providing quality TCM healthcare, we are running a series of activities.

First up, reaching out to the community and helping others in need – they have adopted Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society (THK) as our beneficiary. Donation boxes have been placed in all our clinics and we pledge to top up an additional 10% of the total sum collected. Please give generously!

Next, they have sixpegs & shiberty to share their tcm journey to better health.

For more information visit: http://blog.nuffnang.com.sg/euyansangclinic/ and stand to win Eu Yan Sang goodie packs!

Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore

Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore

As more and more younger men and women started to pick up smoking at an earlier age, more people are exposed to harmful chemicals from cigarette smoke directly and passively. I do not like that smell and I swore not to pick up smoking at all.

Some people picked up smoking from their peers while some picked up smoking as they seen from their parents. Even a young boy from Indonesia picked up smoking at a young age & now he needed to smoke about 40 sticks/day. Isn’t  it scary?

This campaign – Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore is targeting people  below the age of 12, or those born after January 2000 to educate them on smoking & its harmful effects.

Here are some of the facts quoted on the official website:

The Problem

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in Singapore:

  • On average, 7 Singaporeans die each day from smoking.
  • At current rates, tobacco will kill 1 out of every 13 Singaporean children born from the year 2000.
  • More Singaporeans die in just one month from tobacco than in a whole year from traffic accidents.

Second-hand smoke kills non-smokers:

  • Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people, including 165,000 children, worldwide each year.
  • About 250 non-smokers die each year in Singapore from exposure to second-hand smoke.

Tobacco is extremely harmful:

  • Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive – 95% of smokers say they would like to quit but two-thirds of smokers remain smokers until they die.

Existing controls are not working:

  • Although smoking rates had been falling for some time, the proportion of Singaporeans aged 18 to 29 who smoke appears to be increasing – from 12% in 2004 to 17% in 2007.

So what can we do to help them? To educate them and be a role model. I do not smoke. For those who are smoking, perhaps you can consider to join IQUIT program by Health Promotion Board Singapore to encourage smokers to quit smoking.

I hope people will come and pledge their support today towards Tobacco-Free Singapore and make a difference in many people’s lives. Visit http://www.tobaccofreesingapore.info/take-action/show-your-support/ for more information on how to pledge your support now! I have pledge my support. Have you?

Visit http://www.tobaccofreesingapore.info/ for more information on the latest updates & join Their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Towards-Tobacco-Free-Singapore/139394729443070?sk=wall.

Visit to Patient Care Centre @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital & Be positive with people living with HIV

Patient Care Centre @ TTSH

This marked my 1st visit to Patient Care Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 10 Dec 2011. I did not know that there is a Patient Care Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Patient Care Centre is located within the grounds of CDC 1 (near Moulmein Road) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. For more information on Patient Care Centre @ TTSH, please visit http://www.ttsh.com.sg/PCC/


Here’s the food that I tried at Patient Care Centre @ TTSH. Their speciality is Nasi Lemak. Looks Yummy, right? (sorry about my blur picture as it was taken by my handphone and the rice had been covered up by the dishes)

Lunch@ PCC - Nasi Lemak

The staff said PCC do have different menu every day for the people who come to PCC to have their meals. 1 meal will cost around $3, depending on the menu.

At Patient Care Centre, they also do sell handicrafts such as Iphone cases, labtop bags, handbags, luggage tags, 2nd handed goods and many more. All the handicrafts are made by the Patients in patient care centre.

Here’s some of the crafts they did in Patient Care Centre.

All proceeds of the sales items will go to Patient care centre. If you are interested to purchase them for gifts or yourself, you can go to 1 of the stall located near Kopitiam at Tan Tock Seng Hospital main atrium area level 1 or email to gina_he_quek@ttsh.com.sg to order them.

Here’s a group photo with 3 Ms Universe 2011 finalists, Han, Michael and myself.

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Do note that next part of this post may contain mature content for education & awareness purpose.

There was a talk by Dr David Lye (Consultant of Infectious Disease Department in Tan Tock Seng Hospital) on HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and its treatment.

HIV is a lentivirus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Symdrome).  Infection of HIV occurs by transferring blood, semen, vaginal fluidspre-ejaculate or breast milk. Major routes of transmissions are contaminated needles (for drugs abuse or ear piercing, tattoo or draw/inject blood), unsafe sexbreast milk and transmission from infected mother to her baby via perinatal transmission.

However, in order to prevent the worsen of the condition, medication must be taken everyday and people with HIV cannot afford to skip any daily dosage.

As what I know, there are more and more people contracting HIV and only know that they contracted the virus at the later stage. They may not be aware of this and may not know what are the possible ways that they can contract this virus. In fact, some of the cases, this can be prevented and prevent the spreading of this virus to more people if they know it earlier.

There’s an anonymous HIV testing service at DSC at Kelantan Lane (near Jalan Besar food centre) and people can go there for HIV testing and data will be kept confidential. There’s also a mobile van for HIV testing. For more information about HIV testing in Singapore, visit  Actions for AIDS website.

HIV cannot be spread by hugging or having a meal together. HIV cannot be spread via saliva too.

The most important is that Prevention is better than cure as the medication can be very expensive nowadays. We must know how to prevent it by practising ABC and do not use contaminated needles. The ABC are:

A – Abstain

B – Be faithful to your partner

C – Use Condom Correctly

Of course, if you have friends or family members who are HIV positive, try not to reject them or shun them. Do show your support by welcoming them and be their voice. Visit  http://www.afa.org.sg/bepositive.php on how you can make a difference in their lives.

I also hope that more people will be aware of this and understand more about this. Do spread this message to your friends and family as well.

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Here’s a TV commercial featuring Adrian Pang  in English:

Here’s the Chinese Version of TV commercial featuring Xiang Yun:

Let’s Be Positive about People Living with HIV.

We can be positive about People Living with HIV. 

Do ‘Like’ & Visit www.facebook.com/Bepositive & be part of their voice today!

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Free Health Screening from 1-2 Oct 2011 at Toa Payoh HDB Hub from 9am to 7pm


NUS Medical Society with a host of partners including Active Medical will be conducting a large scale public health screening exercises this coming 1st and 2nd October 2011. For more info please visit their website at www.activemedical.com.sg

Health screenings include:
• Hypertension, obesity and diabetes
• Free Fall Risk and Mental Health screening for aged 65 and above
• Fast for 2 hours before coming for hypo count and blood cholesterol screening

Please bring your NRIC and medications as well.

Singapore Heart Fair at Toa Payoh Hub on 24-25 Sept 2011

Singapore Heart Foundation is organising Heart Fair 2011 at Toa Payoh HDB hub on 24 and 25 September 2011 from 9am to 8pm. There will be quite a lot of activities happening there as well as health screening at $5 too and know more knowledge about heart health.

For more details of this event, please visit http://www.myheart.org.sg/events/heart-fair-2011/