Category Archives: Health

CareShield Life for Pioneer Generations

I am purchasing the CareShield Life for my mother and paying premiums for her. The status for approval had been outstanding for a few months with no follow up. CareShield Life agent updated that it takes 60 days to effect the policy as the owner can back out anytime during this period.

The write in to us function on the website is also not working as of the posting today. I have inform the call centre agent to feedback on it.

Getting through the CareShield Life contact centre is a hassle as you need to wait for at least 30 minutes to go through. Hence, be patient if you need to hear their voice. 🥹

COVID-19 POSITIVE HOME BASED RECOVERY DAY 09

My mum is recovering well from Covid-19 with no medical complications. The Silver Generation Office continue to call and check on her medical situation. Her SPO2 remains at above 97%. It is not easily task to isolate in a single room. This is something that the Ministry of Health staffs will not know given there are are more than 3 persons in a household living in either HDB or Condo.

The Home Based Recovery will help the government to save money and avoid additional up front costs. This will ensure that they do not need to draw money on reserves. As for ordinary residents of Singapore, we just need the medical and mental support as we assist our family members to ride through this difficult period.

Today is Day 09, the Discharge Memo had been delivered through SMS. She will be discharge of her Isolation Order tomorrow at 12pm. I encourage the rest of you with family members on HBR to ride through the period with all the support they required.

COVID-19 POSITIVE HOME BASED RECOVERY DAY 06

The doctor had called to check the condition of the Covid-19 patient. My mum condition is stable with cough and phlegm. The SIlver Generation Office has also called in to check on her condition. Multiple government agencies are aware of her condition. Her recovery looks smooth and she is now just 4 days away from ending her isolation order.

My daughter also has high fever after her Covid-19 booster jab. Another patient to take care of my house.

Covid-19 can blood oxygen levels to drop and checking the oxygen saturation (SPO2) can help to detect early signs of deterioration in health. The SPO2 must be above 95% to stay in optimum health condition.

COVID-19 POSITIVE HOME BASED RECOVERY DAY 04

The health buddy call to check on my mother condition. SPO2 level is still above 97% but the cough still persist. The resident committee also send the Care Pack for my mum. The Care Pack consist of face mask, Antigen Rapid Testing (ART), vitamin C, Strepsil and wet wipes. It becomes an opportunity for the MP to show care for their Covid-19 resident.

We cannot don the PPE to care for the patient but only use normal surgical mask. Household members do carry a risk of contracting the virus or spread to the community or colleagues. We are just like the virus transporter which is why the community spread cannot be eliminated,

COVID-19 POSITIVE HOME BASED RECOVERY DAY 03

My mum condition is stable and the SPO2 level is also above 97%. It is not easy for a senior citizen to perform the home based recovery. It means isolating within her room for most of the day.

The Home Base Buddy staff contact me to inquire my mum condition. The staff also provides me a 24 hour contact number for us to call if help is required or any queries on the Home Base Recovery Program.

Home Recovery Program: 6874 4939

Household members with Health Risk Warning (HRW) can leave the house if the Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) is negative. We can still continue with our daily activities and minimize any social interactions.

Covid-19 Positive day 01

My mum had ARI symptoms and visited the NHG Woodlands Polyclinic for assessment. There is a special area to assess these suspect patients. The doctor was in full PPE and access my mum conditions accordingly. She prescribe the medication and arrange for ART and PCR Swab to be carry out.

I did not received the ART result after 30 minutes as mention by the duty staff. The PCR swab positive message was sent in the evening to my phone and my mum.

We immediately isolated her in the room and followed the instruction listed on the sms.

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.

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.

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

Singapore to Malaysia during mco

I am sharing another experience by FB, Loh Hor Leong where he travel from Singapore to Malaysia during the movement control order (MCO).

Sharing my detailed walkthrough and info during my way back today, from Sg to Msia. Hope it can use as a guide and help for those going to travel back soon.

📄Documents required:
A) Hicom letter – print or screen shot.
B) Passport & Msia IC.
C¹) Work Permit, Company letter & Exit Declaration (home leave).
C²) Company letter & Exit Declaration (resigned).
C³) SPR IC
D¹) For your own convenient and faster process at certain counters, best prepare this on a paper (written/print):

  • Msia local address (place to go after quarantine)
  • your phone no.
  • emergency contact phone no, name, ic & address (if different)
  • company name, phone & address
  • address of place of stay in Sg (hotel/house)
    E) ✍️Bring along a pen ! (optional)

🛂Departure from Singapore:

  • [7:40am] Enter departure hall officer will check for passport/WP/SPR/Hicom letter.
  • proceed for immigration counter(WP)/thumbprint(SPR)

🚸Crossing the Causeway [7:50am]:

  • try go early as the sun🌅 is not too hot and less crowd.
    (Can check-in hotel early & less waiting time)
  • 🍼bring enough water.
  • if can, bring less luggage.
    (you need to lift it when walk the stair and a long uphill walk home).
  • 🛒make sure your luggage wheel still in tip top condition.
    (saw many broken wheel on the way back).

🛂Arriving Malaysia (standby all documents):
1) [8:30am] 1st counter Saringan – 🤒😷temperature check & update your local address and phone contact (self and emergency contact).

2) 2nd counter – Imigresen check and update on passport.🛂

3) 3rd counter – KKM. Confirm your local address and advice to quarantine. * Here they will only keep your passport.

4) 4th counter – 🛃 Kastam check bag and luggage.

5) [8:50am] Go to holding zone wait for transfer.

  • Here you can request with the official-in-charge to go buy things at kastam mini mart (snack, drink, roti, rokok🚭). Need to give them your IC as safe keeping.
  • 🚌 [9:30am] Get passport by batch and take bus transfer to Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Johor (Marsah) beside Johor Zoo. (All sit individually in bus, max: 22persons).

6) [9:50am] arrived and need to fill up registration form (at Marsah) and wait for bus transfer to hotel.
*saw the 1stq batch bus transfer to hotel at 10:20am.

7) 🚌 [11:20am] Me on 2nd batch transfer to designated hotel. (All sit individually in bus, max 22persons).

8) 🏨 [11:45am] Arrived at hotel. Briefing by KKM staff ⛑️ and hotel manager 👨🏽‍💼. Bag and luggage disinfection by frontliner.

  • Fill up personal health declaration and contact form.
  • Temperature check and attend by doctor 👨🏻‍⚕️.
  • After done, take room card key (and lunch).
  • Check-in self quarantine room for 14days.

9) This final step is the most important & that everyone will do. Time to update friends and families on your hotel stay. *Until lunch pun lupa makan!🤦🏻‍♂️

🙋🏻‍♂️Lastly not forgotten, salute to all the frontliners. As what I’m going through on each process & location, they have done it diligently & professionally.👍

(Disclaimer: I share whatever I have see & experienced, but no guarantee it will be same as yours).

staysafe #stayhealthy #ThanksToAllFrontliner

15 days to end of circuit breaker

15 days more to the end of the circuit break. The COVID 19 community infection had drop to less than 10 cases ove rthe past weeks. Dormority infection had been controlled with the swab isolation facility used to test the workers. They will be transfer to the community care facility to recover as most of them are healthy.

We are going to come to an end of the circuit breaker. But we must not let down out defences as the infection of this disease is high. Let’s us continue to wear our mask and safe distancing. This will ensure we can start to recover our economy in the most safe manner .

Let’s all of us stay prepare as this COVID 19 is not going to end overnight unlike SARS. The world shall eliminate this disease if we work together as a global team.

Circuit Breaker Day 09

I have completed my night duty officer at the hospital command centre. We are still seeing three digits growth for the COVID 19. Ever since after my national service, this is my duty to serving Singapore once again. I am a Facilities Management staff in the hospital and together with my other colleagues, we play a critical part in this battle. We are scare just like others but I look forward to working there to help the community.

I am able to have the luxury to find seat on the train ever since the start of the circuit breaker. There is no issue of locating a seat even with social distancing on off peak hours. Anywhere the train will be increasing its frequency due to the drop in the ridership.

After the circuit breaker end, there will be a strain on the system if we continue need to practice social distancing on the train. With this rate, trains frequency need to shorten to 2 minute in order to meet the passengers demand.

Circuit Breaker Day 06

Everyone have started to get use to the safe distancing to get access to the supermarket and wet market. You also need to don a mask in order to enter it or get rejected from entering it. The rules will be follow by the obedient residents generally. But there is a small portion of people who always want to challenge or override the rule. Hence, in Singapore the government always made it into a law to ensure people follow.

There is an issue on the eating allowable places for essential staffs on the move especially in hospital. There is no sufficient pantry to cater to the huge amount of staffs to take a meal at a safe distancing of 1 metres. We need to spill these staffs to open areas with chair at a distance of 1 metres. FM will innovate and create short term dinning places for our frontline staffs to enjoy their meal during their break.

FM always try our best to help our frontline staffs to solve the backend issues so that they have more time to concentrate on fighting the COVID 19. We may not get the honour after this pandemic end as FM is just one of the backend support group working silently. But this is our national duty especially for local helming the fort.

An update of today situation in Singapore battle grounds:

[Sent by Gov.sg]

COVID-19: 12 Apr update

New cases: 233

– Imported: 0

– Local cases (linked): 66 (linked to known clusters/cases)

– Pending contact tracing: 167 (16 are S’pore citizens/PRs; 10 are Work Pass/Long Term Pass holders; 141 are Work Permit holders mostly residing in dorms, work sites)

Total cases: 2,532

– Hospitalised: 976 (31 in ICU)

– In community facilities: 988

– Fatalities: 8

– Total discharged: 560 (Discharged today: 32)

More: go.gov.sg/moh12apr

Help our contact tracers

🧾🚖 Keep your taxi receipts for one month to help identify close contacts, should you or your driver get infected

📱 Download TraceTogether App to help determine if you’ve been exposed to the virus, even between strangers. Make sure the app is active when you go out, esp in meetings and crowded places.

More: Go.gov.sg/tracetogether

It is everyone duty to do safe distancing and stay at home to fight the COVID 19. Let us do our part for the total defence in Singapore.

Return to Malaysia during lockdown

There are many Malaysian whom intend to return to Malaysia during Singapore Circuit Breaker. I have extract a procedure written by Yan Ling Tay (FB). I hope it helps all my Malaysian friends and others working in Singapore.

11th April 2020

To all Malaysians who are considering to return to Malaysia, I have just arrived the Malaysian immigration.

  1. I went to see a doctor in a Singapore clinic this morning. I wanted to do swab test but was told by the doctor that only those who are unwell or showing respiratory symptoms are allowed to do so. Hence, I only managed to get a ‘Fit to Travel’ memo from the doctor. The date of the ‘Fit to Travel’ memo must be the same as the date of you exiting Singapore or entering Malaysia.
  2. Before travelling, I did collect a letter from my current employer stating that the company will only resume its business after the Circuit Breaker as the company is not in the essential services industry.
  3. Upon arrival at Singapore immigration, I was told to fill an exit declaration form. ICA officers also checked my passport and the two above-mentioned documents.
  4. However, the above-mentioned documents are not required at Malaysian immigration, unless you did a swab test in Singapore, you will need to present the negative test results to the officers.

Updates @ 3:11pm

  1. The officers sent me to Kolej Pengajian Islam Johor, Jalan Gertak Merah for health declaration. I am very thankful that I don’t have spend the next 14 days here! I am told to stay at Ramada Hotel during the quarantine period.

Updates @7:04pm

  1. Upon arrival, my bags were sanitised. We then queued for check-in. I was told that I will be served 3 meals a day. No payment need to be made unless you need to buy detergent from the hotel.

Hope it helps to clarify.

Screening

I am very proud to be a Malaysian!
KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA has done a very good job in handling the Covid-19 crisis. We were well taken care of up till now and definitely will be for the upcoming 14 days! Being quarantined isn’t scary! Stay home and help the frontliners!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jbtraffic/permalink/2800234180098787/

Be social responsible and adhere to the advisory of your respective governments. The causeway will flourish again once the lockdown is over. Stay SAFE.

Circuit Breaker Day 04

We need everyone to adhere to the advisory of trying to stay indoor as much as possible. You may still go out to perform the essential tasks. Only 1 person from the family should be going out to buy food or purchase stuffs at the supermarket. 

Everyone need to play their part if they want the circuit breaker to be lifted on 04 May 2020. At this point of time, it is still difficult to tell as the cases are still spiking.

The government had make the unprecedented move to allow foreign workers to stay in army camp. They had put aside the camp security to resolve the immediate health concern for these workers whom are part of the essential service providers in Singapore.

The rest of the Singapore Residents need to play their part. Healthcare staffs are already working beyond their working hours to ensure we keep the COVID 19 within control. It is our national duty to keep SINGAPORE safe no matter what job position we hold in the hospital. We do not think about the credit but to solve the immediate issue that is disrupting the livelihood.

I like to remind everyone to be socially responsible and play your roles in this epidemic embracing SINGAPORE and the rest of the world.

CIRCUIT Breaker Day 03

We have enter the third day and overwhelm by 287 cases. There is a need to relook at our dormitory design and stop packing so many people within a room. The government must play an active role to reduce the levy and costing so that business owner can provide better living conditions for their workers.

It was another busy day at the hospital as we need to manage the operations and ensure everything run as per normal. There is a concern as spare part lead time are taking longer due to the lock down of various countries.

We treat ourselves to McDonald after half day of hard work. The crowd was thin as I arrive before lunch time to purchase the food. I am wondering when I can come back with my lunch kaki to sit down for a meal.

Yishun Safra McDonald

[Sent by Gov.sg – 9 Apr]

COVID-19: Advisory on Exercise during Circuit Breaker period

💪 Stay healthy and continue exercising to keep up your immunity

🤸‍♀ But only exercise alone or with household members
Do not exercise with others, not even family in other households

Exercise in open-air stadiums or public parks, but keep at least 1 metre apart from others 🏃‍♀↔️🏃

💻 Or stay active at home thru online exercise classes

🚫 All sports and recreation facilities will be closed (eg. public or private condo gyms, pools, courts)
🏟 15 open-air ActiveSG stadiums remain open

🚫 All group sports and physical exercise, such as group training and one-on-one coaching, must cease

Check out how crowded a park is: https://safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg/

More: go.gov.sg/circuitbreaker-active

Circuit breaker day 01

Today is the start of the Singapore Circuit Breaker to fight the Covid-19. For the first time in my life, I am seeing all eating outlets accepting takeaway only. This is unprecedented and hope that this epidemic do not come back again.

Secondary school students took their last lesson at schools before it close until 04 May 2020. The students will begin their home based learning tomorrow.

It had also disrupted and affect the livelihood of a lot of Singaporean’s. Non-essential companies need to close and employees need to take their own leave. There are also worst case where they are laid off as their bosses are unable to sustain the business.

The government had to draw on their reserve in order to ensure their livelihood are protected during these rough times. This will allow them to keep their jobs and business can sustain during the Covid 19.

CoroNAvirus self check

The new NCP Coronavirus (COVID-19) has a latency period of 0 to 24 days. As there may be no sign of infection, one will not know if he is infected. By the time they have fever and/or cough and goes to the hospital, the lungs is usually 50 % Fibrosis and it’s too late!

Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that you can do every morning :
Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you can complete it successfully without coughing, without feeling discomfort, stuffiness or tightness etc.) congratulations! It proves that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicating no infection.

In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air!

  • Deep inhalation for 10 seconds in the morning, no cough, depression, tightness, discomfort, etc. * It proves that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, which means that pneumonia has not attack, but it must be tested continuously every day.

I am not sure you believe the above but there is no harm in trying it out. We are living in a world of FEAR but life must goes on.