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    • 19th August 2017

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    • 19th August 2017

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    • 18th August 2017

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    • Singapore launches first donor breast milk bank

      SINGAPORE: For 35-year-old Madam Nor Adliyah Haryanie, the birth of her baby boy in July via an emergency caesarian-section came as a shock, since she had previously had three normal-term babies. But what was even more stressful was that her son was born prematurely at 30 weeks, weighing just 800 grams.

      Worst of all, her body was just not producing enough breast milk.

      “I kept asking myself what was wrong with me that I could not pump enough milk for my child,” Mdm Haryanie said.

      “Imagine looking at the bottle and there’s nothing when you pump. And when you’re at the hospital pumping beside other mothers and they have so much milk supply. I kept comparing and was upset and kept thinking I was not a good mum.”

      Her son is currently on formula milk for pre-term babies, but that could change within the month, with the launch of a three-year pilot for Singapore’s first donor breast milk bank.

      The programme, a collaboration between KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and Temasek Foundation Cares, was launched by former Speaker of Parliament and presidential hopeful, Halimah Yacob on Thursday (Aug 17). Also present at the event was another presidential hopeful Mr Mohamed Salleh Marican. Mr Salleh is a Temasek Cares board member.

      The milk bank will provide breast milk for premature and sick neonates from donor mothers. In a joint media release, KKH and Temasek Foundation Cares said they hope to recruit 375 mothers who are willing to donate their excess breast milk supply. The foundation has set aside S$1.37 million for the milk bank, which will collect, screen, process and store breast milk from donor mothers.

      BREAST MILK ESPECIALLY CRITICAL FOR PRE-TERM BABIES

      According to guidelines by the World Health Organisation, babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months, as it is a vital source of nutrition and antibodies.

      “For premature babies, they have very premature immune and digestive systems,” said KKH’s head of neonatology, Dr Chua Mei Chien.

      “For these premature babies, exposure to cow’s milk can expose them to a lot of problems including feeding intolerance and the potential development of a condition known as Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC).”

      This is a potentially lethal disease in which the intestines of infants can become damaged due to tissue death. Dr Chua said the fatality rate in infants afflicted with the disease can be between 30 and 50 per cent.

      Some 350 "very low birth weight” infants receive neonatal intensive care in local public Hospitals, and for many mothers of pre-term babies, it takes them a period of days or weeks before their bodies are able to produce enough milk. In fact, KKH said up to 80 per cent of sick infants in the neonatal intensive care unit and the special care nursery have to drink formula milk for premature babies because their mothers are unable to produce enough milk.

      "The provision of safe, pasteurised donor breast milk is aimed at reducing the risk of potential complications, while optimising their immunity, development and overall health," a joint statement by KKH and TCF read.

      DONATED MILK SUBJECTED TO STRINGENT SCREENING

      Dr Chua, who is also director of the milk bank programme said unlike donated milk from informal milk sharing groups, milk from donor mums is undergoes various “stringent” screening processes.

      For example, donor mums will be tested for diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis. Once they pass the test, donor mums will be given bags and ice packs with which to store the milk. They will also be provided information on how to store the breast milk.

      When the milk is brought in, it will go through a thawing and testing process. A batch of the donated milk will be tested for bacterial contamination. Once tests come back normal, the donated milk will be pasteurised and sent once more for a microbiology test. It is then stored in a freezer until it is dispensed.

      At no point is donated milk from different sources mixed together into one batch, although the infant may receive milk from different donors during each feed.

      Dr Chua said about 20 mothers have so far indicated their interest to donate their breast milk. To be eligible to donate, donor mothers would not only have to undergo screening, but also ensure they are exclusively breastfeeding babies who are less than one year of age.

      SOME 900 BABIES EXPECTED TO BENEFIT

      Dr Chua said that for the first year, the milk bank will supply donated milk to pre-term infants admitted to KKH. That’s because while the rate of premature births in Singapore is about 9 per cent, KKH sees up to 13.5 per cent of pre term infants.

      Pre-term infants admitted to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and the National University Hospital will also benefit from donated milk in the second and third year of the pilot programme. Altogether, some 900 pre term babies are expected to benefit from the programme.

      To qualify for the donated milk, pre-term infants have to be born at less than 32 weeks of gestation and weigh 1.8kg or less at birth.

      Speaking at the launch, Mdm Halimah, who was a founding board member of Temasek Cares urged all able mothers to come forward and donate their excess breast milk. The mother of five also reassured Muslim mothers that their pre-term babies can indeed receive milk from the milk bank.

      “The Fatwa Committee of MUIS has issued a fatwa that using donor milk from the milk bank for the purposes of preserving the well-being of the infant does not establish kinship,” Mdm Halimah said.

      “Muslims, therefore, are also encouraged to contribute to the milk bank.”

      For Mdm Haryanie, the reassurance also goes a long way. "As a Muslim woman, that was my concern because if I said yes (to donated milk), other people may ask, 'hey how come as a Muslim, you don’t mind'? So when they (MUIS) said it’s okay, I felt reassured going ahead with the programme."

      With the launch, Singapore joins about 40 countries to operate official milk banks. Channel NewsAsia understands the milk bank will start dispensing donated milk within the month.


      Source: CNA/cy

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    • ...of up to double SMRT's initial estimated 20 minutes. Randy Peck told Channel NewsAsia that he had been waiting for a train at Raffles Place station for at least 30 minutes, while Tan Yi-Fan said in a Facebook comment that he had already been waiting for 40...

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    • 17th August 2017

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    • 17th August 2017

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    • Wet weather expected to persist in second half of August: Met Service

      SINGAPORE: More rainy days are expected in the second half of August, the Meteorological Service Singapore said in an advisory on Wednesday (Aug 16).

      During this period, short-duration thundery showers are expected on six to eight days, mostly in the late morning and early afternoon, according to the Met Service.

      It added that on one or two days, there could be widespread thundery showers accompanied with gusty winds between pre-dawn hours and the early morning, due to Sumatra squalls.

      Temperatures are likely to be similar to that of the first half of August, with temperatures ranging between 25°C and 33°C on most days. Daily minimum temperatures could go as low as 22°C, especially when rain falls over the island for most of the day, the Met Service added.

      However, a few warm days can be expected in the later part of the month, with the daily maximum temperature reaching as high as 34°C on a few days.


      Source: CNA/mz

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    • Singapore moves above HK in liveability for the first time: EIU survey

      SINGAPORE: Singapore has become more liveable than Hong Kong, according to the latest Global Liveability Ranking released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on Wednesday (Aug 16).

      Singapore rose 11 places to 35th in a survey that assigns scores to 140 cities based on each's stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

      This is Singapore's highest ever position in the ranking, and the first time that it surpassed Hong Kong, the EIU said. Hong Kong slipped two places to 45th.

      The Australian city of Melbourne topped the list for the seventh year running, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. Meanwhile, Damascus in war-torn Syria occupied the last slot.

      "Singapore's jump up the rankings can be attributed to consistent and impressive improvements in educational attainment, which has delivered a perfect score for education and pushed the overall score for the city-state above 90 per cent for the first time since the survey began," said Jon Copestake, the editor of the survey.

      "However it is worth remembering that, although ten ranking places now separate Hong Kong and Singapore, the difference between them is marginal at just 1.6 per cent and both comfortably sit in the top tier of liveability where there are few, if any, challenges to lifestyle."

      In Asia, Shanghai, Bandar Seri Begawan, Phnom Penh, Colombo and Port Moresby also saw improvements in their rankings, which the survey attributed largely to infrastructural improvements and broadening cultural availability.

      Source: CNA/jp

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    • 16th August 2017

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