Home briefs: More specialised doctors for the elderly

More specialised doctors for the elderly

There are currently 83 geriatricians in Singapore, and there are plans to raise this number by about a third - to 120 - in the next three to four years, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

He stressed the importance of having doctors who specialise in taking care of seniors, given Singapore's ageing population, at the Asia Pacific Geriatrics Conference yesterday.

$138k of drugs siezed; suspect arrested

Central Narcotics Bureau officers arrested a suspected drug trafficker and his accomplices on Thursday, netting a haul of controlled substances worth more than $138,000.

The suspected trafficker, a 33-year-old Singaporean man, was arrested with more than $600 in cash. Almost 1.4kg of heroin, 320g of methamphetamine or "Ice", a bottle of methadone and a digital weighing scale were found in his car.

Anyone found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of pure heroin faces the death penalty.

Minister bullish on local maritime industry

Those looking to join the maritime sector need not fear the current downturn as Singapore is a "multiple gold medallist" in the industry, said Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport Josephine Teo yesterday.

Speaking at the third annual Singapore Maritime Dialogue, Mrs Teo said Singapore continues to lead the world as a transhipment and bunkering port.

"We mustn't be fearful of economic cycles. What goes up must come down; the question is, on the way down, what do you do to prepare for the time when you come up again," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe