2 new health ini­tia­tives to help res­i­dents in west S’pore

More AEDs in Bukit Gom­bak, six com­mu­nity health posts to be set up in Chua Chu Kang

The Straits Times - - HOME - Linette Lai

Two health ini­tia­tives were launched yes­ter­day to bet­ter serve the needs of res­i­dents in western Sin­ga­pore.

One in­volves in­stalling more au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors (AEDs) in Bukit Gom­bak, and the other is the set­ting up of six com­mu­nity health posts in Chua Chu Kang.

Some 37 AEDs will be in­stalled in Bukit Gom­bak over the next two years, in­clud­ing in pri­vate con­do­mini­ums. The move, spear­headed by the Bukit Gom­bak Cit­i­zens’ Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee, will help en­sure more peo­ple sur­vive heart at­tacks that oc­cur out­side of hos­pi­tals. Only one in five sur­vives such in­ci­dents.

The com­mu­nity health posts in Chua Chu Kang are meant to help peo­ple aged 40 and above bet­ter man­age chronic health con­di­tions.

The posts, which will be staffed by trained nurses and care co­or­di­na­tors, will be set up in the four com­mu­nity clubs in Chua Chu Kang GRC, as well as Al-Khair Mosque and Ar-Raud­hah Mosque.

“Ba­sic health as­sess­ments are con­ducted to iden­tify those with early signs of health de­cline, who will then be ad­vised to seek fur­ther med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion,” said Health Min­is­ter Gan Kim Yong at the launch event.

“If needed, they can help to fa­cil­i­tate re­fer­rals to pri­mary care or com­mu­nity ser­vices for such eval­u­a­tions,” added Mr Gan, who is also an MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC.

Mean­while, at a sep­a­rate event yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, Ms In­dra­nee Ra- jah, spoke of the role the com­mu­nity played in mak­ing age­ing a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for all Sin­ga­pore­ans.

Grow­ing old must not be a lonely or fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but a ful­fill­ing one, she said.

“The Gov­ern­ment will do its part... But build­ing hos­pi­tals, se­nior care cen­tres, poly­clin­ics – that’s only part of it,” said Ms In­dra­nee.

“The other part of it is the commu- nity be­cause there are some things which don’t need med­i­cal care but which (peo­ple) need help for, like lone­li­ness.”

Ms In­dra­nee was speak­ing at a morn­ing char­ity event at the Sri Then­dayutha­pani Tem­ple along Tank Road. It was or­gan­ised by the Chet­tiars’ Tem­ple So­ci­ety.

At the event, seven se­niors each re­ceived a gift of a mo­torised wheel- chair and the so­ci­ety also do­nated a $130,000 mo­bile clinic to the Sunlove Abode for In­tel­lec­tu­ally-In­firmed.

Mr M. Nachi­ap­pan, who is pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety , said the new clinic would help Sunlove reach those who needed help. “They pro­vide a lot of help to needy peo­ple, re­gard­less of race or re­li­gion,” he said.

Sunlove chair­man Wee Lin added that the mo­bile clinic would es­pe­cially help wheelchair users or home­bound pa­tients who may have dif­fi­culty ac­cess­ing med­i­cal ser­vices.

“We need to go to them to pro­vide med­i­cal ser­vices, and this am­bu­lance will be a great help,” Mr Wee said.

ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Madam Tan Beng Kee, 76, try­ing out a mo­torised wheelchair yes­ter­day. Seven se­niors each re­ceived a gift of a mo­torised wheelchair at a char­ity event, at the Sri Then­dayutha­pani Tem­ple, or­gan­ised by the Chet­tiars’ Tem­ple So­ci­ety. The so­ci­ety also do­nated a $130,000 mo­bile clinic to the Sunlove Abode for In­tel­lec­tu­al­lyIn­firmed.

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