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World Diabetes Day Singapore 2013

WDD 2013

Mark the day – 10 November 2013. As diabetes affects 11.3% of Singaporeans, the number of families with one or more members are becoming very high. This year the Diabetes Society of Singapore is going to have an event packed with activities at the Suntec Convention Centre. There are tons of free stuff there:

Free Hba1c test (cost $30)

Free eye photos (cost $30)

Free feet check (cost from $25 at least)

Free consultation with diabetic nurse educators, pharmacists, dieticians (cost from $25 each)

Total free stuff: $160 plus the goodie bag!

In fact since every year the DSS celebrates the World Diabetes Day, you can just get your eyes and feet checked free of charge over there, as they are supposed to be screened yearly as well.

Pravin, a patient with type 1 diabetes will also be there to share his experience. He was diagnosed to have type 1 diabetes at age 7, but had learnt to live with the illness, and is now an engineer. He also runs marathons, climb mountains and volunteers overseas to help other people with diabetes.

So just go to Suntec this Sunday!

H1N1 in the news in Singapore

Child receiving Vaccine

Image courtesy of  David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It has just been reported that 6 children in 2 kindergartens have come down with the H1N1 virus (used to be called swine flu). The H1N1 first came to news in 2009 when it killed many people in Mexico. Fortunately the virus had turned out to be much milder than it first appeared, and all the current influenza vaccines protect against the H1N1 virus.

The Singapore’s Health Promotion Board provides useful information on the seasonal influenza virus.

How to avoid the flu? Frequent washing of hands is important. People who are sick should rest at home, and when they go out, they should wear a mask and cover their mouth with tissue paper when sneezing. However, the best protection is to get vaccinated.

I am going to vaccinate my children tonight. Hope they are not going to be too cranky after that.