Don't call 995 if you have a stomachache: SCDF

The Singapore Civil Defence Force took to its Facebook page to remind Singaporeans to refrain from calling '995' for common ailments.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force took to its Facebook page to remind Singaporeans to refrain from calling '995' for common ailments.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

SINGAPORE - If you have a stomachache, constipation, diarrhoea or a rash, do not dial "995", the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.

"Emergency medical assistance is not required for symptoms such as stomachache, toothache, constipation, diarrhoea, cough and skin rash," it said in a Facebook post on Friday (June 9).

Of the 178,154 emergency medical service calls SCDF got last year, 11,154 or 6.3 per cent were for non-emergencies, and 7,644 or 4.3 per cent were false alarms.

The share of non-emergency calls made last year rose from 5.3 per cent in 2015 and 4.6 per cent in 2014.

SCDF on its Facebook page advised the public to see a doctor for help or call 1777 for a non-emergency ambulance.

It wrote: "Have a great weekend ahead, take good care of your health and remember, #995ForEmergenciesOnly."