Home Briefs: $1.2m fund to help needy cancer patients

$1.2m fund to help needy cancer patients

Mount Elizabeth Hospital has launched a $1.2 million fund that will provide full sponsorship for needy Singaporeans who require cancer treatment.

The first phase of the programme, launched yesterday, will provide diagnosis, treatment and/or surgery for up to 120 women with breast cancer over the next two years. Breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer among Singaporean women.

The hospital is partnering Parkway Cancer Centre on this. Beneficiaries will be identified with voluntary welfare organisations' help. Singaporean women who hold a valid blue Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) card and have tested positive in breast cancer screening or are in need of breast cancer treatment can apply. They can e-mail mpac@parkway.sg or call 6250-0000 during office hours.

Cabby jailed for causing grievous hurt

A taxi driver was yesterday sentenced to two weeks' jail for hitting a couple at a pedestrian crossing last July.

Teo Kau Thia, 52, was also banned from driving for four years for causing grievous hurt to Mr Tan Kim Hock, 51, by being negligent and so endangering the personal safety of others. A second charge, of hurting Mr Tan's wife, Madam Teo Hiok Pheng, 45 - at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 - was considered during his sentencing.

Mr Tan suffered serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury and a fracture below his knee.Teo could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2016, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe