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cancer treatment drugs in singapore

MOH will only allowed approved cancer treatment drugs to be claimable under the basic and integrated shield plan from 2023. This may means that patients may missed out on cost effective drugs but not on MOH list due to the cost. This imply that it had to come out of our pocket. This will affect average Singaporeans like us but not the affluent people.

This will allowed us to have limited access to cost effective drugs on the market. The main primary reason is the cost as we will not be able to afford it. Thus, we will have to depend on drugs on the MOH approved list. It may not be the best effective drugs but is cost efficient to the government. It may not sound reasonable to the average residents in Singapore.

Please stay healthy if you want to have a good and sustainable life. Nothing is free here and everything comes with a cost.

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Comparison of Integrated Shield Plans in Singapore

Air purifiers

Most of HDB owners will have a air purifier in their house since the out break of haze or COVID-19. The sale of these equipment is expected to peak in the coming weeks.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital is also installing the air purifier in every cubicle of the hospital wards. Facility Management across all hospitals and buildings must share knowledge and resources to work together to bring the COVID-19 under control.

Happy LAbour Day 2021

Happy Labour Day to all whom are working today. Healthcare care workers both front end and back end had been working tirelessly to ensure Singapore are safe.

Do not let your guard down and ensure you observe safe distancing. Everyone of us must do our part in order to keep the community safe.

Low energy building by keppel land

Keppel Tower is a typical example for the super low energy building in Singapore. There might not be an opportunity for us to learn the technologies that had been put in place unless you know the facilities management staff working there. We can only get the information from the news or social media to learn and apply it to our building. This is part of our sustainability practice to ensure that we keep the carbon footprint of Singapore as low as practicable.

Singapore is targeting 80% of new developments to be super low energy buildings from 2030

Full Rider IP removed

Most of the Singapore insurance companies will be removing the no co-payment of the integrated shield plan (IP) rider by Apr 2021. All customers will need to pay a minimum of 5% of co-payment for their hospital stay. Previously, all customers on the rider plan does not need to make any co-payment. All these are changing as Ministry of Health is recommending that every person should be responsible for the healthcare cost.

Strait Times, 12 Feb 2020

We must be responsible for our health to ensure that healthcare cost is sustainable for every residents in Singapore. Take charge of your health and mental wellness.

BMW tanjong pagar crash

It is Day 02 of Chinese New Year (CNY) 2021 and an unforunate accident occur at Tanjong Pagar shop houses. The online video has suggested that the car was speeding before it meet with an accident at the Tanjong Pagar shop houses.

My deepest condolences to the family members of the decesased. The authority will conduct the necedssary investigation and shed light on this accident. Let us not spectulate and hurt the families in any way whom had lost their love ones during the most important day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

She demonstrate the love for her partner and bravely try to save him from the burning BMW. I wished her have a speedy recovery at the hospital.

News Link

  1. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/timeline-of-tanjong-pagar-fatal-crash
  2. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/five-die-after-car-slams-into-tanjong-pagar-shophouse-on-saturday-morning
  3. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/tanjong-pagar-car-crash-flowers-photo-clothes-placed-at-site-as-people-pay
  4. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/driver-of-bmw-in-tanjong-pagar-crash-and-passengers-identified

Enhanced SHN

Due to the new Covid 19 strain from UK and South Africa, the border restriction at Singapore is tighter. You now have to undertake 14 days of stay home notice (SHN) at dedicated government facilities plus an additional 7 days of SHN at your place of residence. This is going to affect salary workers as it will wipe out all your leave.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/all-travellers-need-to-take-pcr-test-upon-arrival-in-singapore?utm_campaign=stfb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR13fZarK9CI0SzzEWUAV0IiQ4YN3QWhnVJr8pp6KlMEav662ZLR_SBKn5s

Healthcare worker definition

There are tens of thousands of healthcare workers working in the healthcare sector. Most people will define doctor, nurse, pharmacy, allied health, radiologist and the list is goes on for the healthcare staffs.

Does general public think of backend staffs to be healthcare workers? We are just a bunch of people working behind to support the front line staffs. This had created many views on how people view us as healthcare workers.

It is up to the clusters like SingHealth, National Healthcare Group and National University Hospital System to define what encompass us as a healthcare worker? This may not be important to backend staffs like us who also work long hours during COVID-19 to support the operations.

It is the frontline staffs whom deserved the benefits and glory as they battle head on with COVID-19. I am proud that I can contribute in this fight although I am a back end staff only. Appreciate that the healthcare workers can enjoy the free night stay at Pan Pacific with their love ones or families.

https://mothership.sg/2020/08/pan-pacific-free-stay-healthcare-workers/

COvid 19 ward in 50 days

It is a great feat of engineering in Singapore where a Covid 19 wards are built within 50 days. A lot of sweat and hard work have been put by everyone involve in this historic project at the Singapore General Hospital.

Hospital Facilities Management Engineers would love to learn from it. Hoping that SGH Facilities Development will share with the rest of the clusters on how it was done.

Quarantine Malaysia 24 July 2020

Extracted from FB
LATEST UPDATE: PROCEDURE FOR 14 DAYS MANDATORY QUARANTINE AT QUARANTINE CENTRE IN MALAYSIA EFFECTIVE 24 JULY 2020 (BY AIR AND LAND)

1) Download the Letter of Undertaking (LoU) from any of these websites:

  • www.kln.gov.my / www.nadma.gov.my / www.imi.gov.my / www.moh.gov.my / www.mot.gov.my / www.motac.gov.my

2) Email the LoU to High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore at stmsg@mhc.org.sg three (3) days before travel date. In the email, please state your name, passport and date of travel (and your dependants as well).
*for those who travel on 24, 25 and 26 July 2020, please email the LoU today.

3) If a child is 18 years of age and above, he/she must sign a separate LoU. Wife/husband and father/mother is also required to sign a separate LoU.

4) Travel Note will be issued by the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore via email to the applicant.

5) Present the Travel Note to airlines / Immigration Malaysia (before travel and upon arrival).

*Please note that the Travel Note is NOT A GUARANTEE LETTER TO ENTER MALAYSIA. It is only an agreement to bear the cost of quarantine at the quarantine centre. Entry to Malaysia is still subject to the immigration rules and regulations which can be referred to the Immigration Department website at www.imi.gov.my or +603-8888 2010.

6) Don’t forget to download the MySejahtera apps.

7) It is not compulsory to do the COVID-19 swab test three (3) days before travel as well as the Fit to Travel letter. Swab test will be done once you arrived in Malaysia.

8) For swab test and quarantine procedure in Malaysia, please refer to the attached flow chart.

Thanks and stay safe,

High Commission of Malaysia
SINGAPORE

Foodfare prepaid value

This is a good way to profit from consumer if we did not take note that the prepaid money will expired on 31 Dec of the following year. Hence, NTUC had makan my balance of money in the account as I did not use it for some time. I wonder is it NTUC FoodFare or Plus that set out this rule? It make no sense for prepaid money to expire and forfeit our money without a reminder to the consumer.

https://support.plus.com.sg/hc/en-us/articles/360028846371-Is-there-any-value-expiry-to-the-pre-paid-value-

Ward@Bowyer

SGH is transforming care with innovative mobile ward built from the car park area. Watch the time lapse video on how contractors realise the dream of healthcare needs during COVID 19.

Ward@Bowyer

Extract from SGH FB
Ward@Bowyer opens its doors today, 15 July 2020. It will not only admit suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, but those with other infectious diseases as well.

The entire 3,200sqm facility comprises of 50 purpose-built isolation units. Each unit measures 2.5m (height) x 2.3m (width) x 5.6m (length), and is a negative pressure single room with en suite toilet and shower facilities. In addition, as exists in any ward, the new facility includes nurses’ stations, changing rooms, X-ray facility and a rest area for staff, doctors’ on-call rooms, and medical preparation room.

Read more about the ward here: https://www.sgh.com.sg/news/COVID19/wardbowyer-more-than-just-another-isolation-facility-for-covid-19 

SGH Bowyer Album@FB

https://m.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10157113378771681&type=3

Lesson on Ge2020

The GE2020 are over and PAP had formed the government with 83 seats and 10 seats went to the opposition. WP had raised the occasion and apologised for their team mate in SengKang. Singaporean accepted it and put their decisive vote to send WP into the parliament.

The below is an extract from Violet Lim from Lunch Actually who share her view on the life lesson learn from this GE2020.

[7 Business and Life Lessons Learnt from GE2020]

Last night, as a first time voter, it was exciting watching the results come in last night knowing that I have done my civic duty.

This morning, as I woke up and reflected, I realised that there are many life and business lessons to be learnt from this general election.

== 1. What got you here will not get you there.

It’s important to stay relevant and change the playbook regularly. Just because it has worked for 30, 40 and 50 years does not mean that it will work for the future. We are dealing with people with different life experiences, at different life stages, who have different reference points. If we keep repeating the same old formula, we will just be stuck at the same spot or worse, decline.

I have learnt this the hard way and I am now conscious that I have to constantly revisit my business strategy, my team composition and even my execution plan to make sure I stay relevant.

== 2. It is ok to admit your mistake and say “I’m sorry!”

People are looking for leaders who are willing to take responsibility and accountability. I have learnt that if I have made a mistake, the best thing to do is to come out and say, “I am wrong, I can do better, let me fix it.” Even when I did not make the mistake and someone in my team did, it has worked best when I said, “I apologise on his/her behalf. Let me look into this urgently. I will do my best to solve the problem ASAP.”

If you throw your team member under the bus, it looks bad both externally and internally. We all want leaders who have our back, not leaders who leave us to fend for ourselves in times of trouble.

== 3. If you work hard, you truly care and you are genuine, it pays off.

Tin Pei Ling won with one of the biggest margins. And she totally deserved the win. Some might say it’s because she was not going against WP or PSP. However, I am confident even if she has gone against one of these 2, she would still have done well. Why? Because she has worked the ground for many years, she is sincere, she has given not just 100% but a lot more. Her constituency knows this, loves her and rewarded her for it. The same effect is observed at the single member constituencies (SMCs) helmed by Grace Fu, Patrick Tay and Lim Biow Chuan.

== 4. Optics and presentation matters.

Heng Swee Keat is highly intelligent, has done well as finance minister and is probably one of the best men if not the best man to plan and execute the Singapore’s 5 years plan, 10 years plan, 20 years plan. Unfortunately, with his Parliamentary debate against WP and his recent nomination speech about the East Coast Plan, many are now concerned about him representing Singapore on a global stage.

Is it fair? Probably not. But fairly or unfairly, optics and presentation matters.

I was so impressed by Ong Ye Kung’s TV debate in Mandarin that I have been inspired to spend more time brushing up on my Mandarin so that I can one day converse at that level. I was equally blown away by Vivian Balakrishnan’s masterful debating skills and he came across as a wise, measured and respected statesman.

And look at Jamus Lim. His 60 mins of fame on national TV where he showcased his intelligence, quick wit and debating skills is probably one of the key contributing factors that tipped the swing voters over. And that has helped the WP team win Sengkang GRC and warmed the cockles of their hearts.

== 5. Strong storytelling makes a difference.

Have you watched Nicole Seah’s video about her making her own Teh C Kosong? If you have not, I highly recommend you do. The video was well-executed from the start to the end – the messaging, the pace, the cinematography, the script. I was emotionally engaged right from the start. Did it make me warm up to Nicole and know her better as a person? Definitely!

WP has done a remarkable job with their videos as compared to many of the campaigning videos that have been painstakingly put together but are often mind-numbingly boring which I admittedly switched off after the first 10 seconds.

== 6. Give people what they want.

The ground wants Tharman as PM. The PAP supporters want him. The opposition supporters want him. The cab drivers I have spoken to want him too. This is reflected in his constituency winning with one of the highest margins in this and last election.

I understand that we cannot become a populist government who panders to the citizens’ every whim and fancy. However, the people’s choice of Tharman as PM is not unsound or unwarranted for. Similar to the sentiments shared by many, I too believe that PAP would probably have a much better showing in this election if Tharman is the PM in waiting.

== 7. Have a clear strategy and a compelling message and stick to it.

My last lesson learnt and perhaps the most important one. Hats off to Low Thia Khiang, Pritam Singh and their team for their clear strategy and compelling message. First World Parliament (2011) followed by Do Not Give Them a Blank Cheque (2020) is brilliant. It is something that PAP can never fight against effectively. And it is a compelling message that would sway the 30-40% swing voters. The 12 NCMP seats for the opposition even though well-intended simply does not inspire and does not sway votes.

WP had a crystal clear strategy and the team just kept hitting the same message over and over again like a broken record. And of course it worked like a charm!


Now that GE 2020 is done and dusted, whether we are PAP or opposition supporters, let us all close ranks and work together as Singaporeans. To build a Singapore that we will be proud of to pass on to our children.

Majulah Singapura! 🇸🇬

Both the PAP and WP shall work together to guide Singapore out of Covid 19 and revived the economy. The government must daring to admit their mistake and say SORRY. We are not perfect but will learned from it.

MOS Burger Order Kiosk

MOS Burger had introduced the order kiosk to their outlet at Kampung Admiralty. It is not friendly as the McDonald or KFC order kiosk. You need to double click for the main menu and single click once you enter it.

As it is not so user friendly during the ordering process, this will keep the senior citizen and non-tech savvy customers off this kiosk. They will need to assign staff to help customers during the interim period.

It is also the duty of the customers to get the drinks from the counter as it is not an auto process except for the collection of the food.

Which constituency are you in singapore?

Over the years, your constituency might have change over the elections especially if you stay at the border line of the town area. They might just switch as they wish without clear indication to the voters. GE 2020 might be similar and you need to check whether it affected you.

https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/graphics/2020/03/singapore-general-election-ward/index.html?shell

This is a unique elections as it is done during COVID 19. There is no rallies to be held in public areas. Everything will be done through streaming, public television and online channels. Vote wisely so that the next government will steer us through this pandemic.

BCA COVID Safe restart

Many companies especially non-construction sector may have been overload with the procedures to restart. You will still need to apply with BCA if you have work permit holders (WPH) tag to construction category. Your company maybe in a non-construction sector but yet you may have many work permit holders tagged to the construction category.

Please do not ignore else your operations will be disrupted if your WPH access code turn red and may not go to work. Visit BCA website to read up the FAQ and restart criteria.

I will share with you the BCA webinar link which was conducted recently to exchange information with the industry peoples.

https://www.bcaa.edu.sg/covidsafe

Stay safe and ensure you comply to the latest regulation so that your operations will not be disrupted. If WPH access code turn red on any working days, this will have a big impact to your business operations. You need to be ready so that your business continuity plan will work during the COVID 19.