• Do’s and Don’ts in Communicating with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Effectively communicating with persons from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community may prove to be more difficult than anticipated for the Hearing because of obvious barriers to communication.

    Persons from the Deaf community have various needs that facilitate how they communicate with others. Once these needs (which are usually quite simple and basic) are met, the communication process flows more smoothly.

    To add context, it helps to have a basic understanding of what it means to be deaf and hard of hearing.

    To be deaf is to have very little or no functional hearing and a deaf person often uses sign language to communicate while being hard of hearing means that there is mild to moderate hearing loss. Persons who are hard of hearing may communicate through sign language, spoken language or both.

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    Back to School Health Tips: Properly Wash Your Hands

    The sad truth about many diseases is that they are easily spread. Children are among the most vulnerable groups that are susceptible to contracting diseases.
    One tried and tested way to reduce or even eliminate the spread of diseases is to properly wash your hands. However, many persons – adults and children – do not know how to do this.

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    Flood Safety Tips

    A flood is an overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits, especially over what is normally dry land. Some floods can occur …

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    Landslide Safety Tips

    A landslide refers to a downhill movement of mud, rocks, soil, and other debris. It can be slow and capable of causing gradual damage or fast and capable of quickly destroying anything in its path. A majority of landslides are caused by heavy rains, earthquakes and other natural forces.

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    Earthquake Safety Tips

    Earthquakes are the sudden, rapid release of energy stored in rocks.

    The constant motion of the earth’s surface causes an earthquake. The earth’s rock layer is broken into large pieces. These pieces are in slow but constant motion. They may slide by each other smoothly and almost imperceptibly.

    From time to time, the pieces may lock together and energy that accumulates between the pieces may be suddenly released. The energy that is released travels through the Earth in the form of waves. People on the surface of the earth then experience an earthquake.

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    Road Safety Tips

    While there are many factors that contribute to road accidents, adhering to some common road safety tips could make a big difference between life and …

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    Christmas Spending Tips

    Cutting down on holiday spending, doesn’t have to mean cutting down on holiday fun. Here are 10 ways to plan a fun holiday without breaking …

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    Frequently Asked Questions: Chikungunya

    1. What is Chikungunya? Chikungunya fever is an emerging mosquito-borne disease caused by an alphavirus, Chikungunya virus. The disease is transmitted by the bite of …

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    CHIKUNGUNYA (CHIK V) Fact Sheet

    The disease Chikungunya is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes that causes fever and severe joint pains. It is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. …

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    Christmas Safety Tips

    Christmas is a very magical time of the year. The lights, decorations and treats for the young and young at heart. However there are many …

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    Cancer Prevention Tips

    Stop smoking. If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer – not just lung cancer. Quitting now will reduce your risk of cancer in the future.

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    Back to School Tips

    Compare prices i.e. the supplier versus have them made by a dressmaker or tailor. Purchasing ready-made may be more convenient but not always economical.

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    General Health and Safety Tips

    Encourage your child to have a reasonable expectation for each day, bearing in mind their ability. Teach him something or say something positive about his school everyday.

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    Safety Tips: Rape

    Think! Keep using your mind to think of alternative actions for escape.

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    Tips: Prevention of Dengue Fever

    Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is usually an illness in which a person may get a fever, headache, joint, and muscle pains. 

    Rest and adequate hydration are usually enough to see one through the period of illness. The recommended treatment for the fever is acetaminophen/paracetamol. The Ministry urges members of the public not to use aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, or any of the medications/pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  These drugs, when used to treat the fever in dengue, have been known to increase the severity of the disease. 

    At present, the only way to prevent and control the Dengue epidemic is to combat the mosquitoes that transmit the disease. 

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    Back to School Road Safety Tips

    The new school year is fast approaching! This means that roads will be much more populated by children travelling to and from school.

    With all the expected excitement and eagerness at the beginning of the school year, persons should remember that the road can be a dangerous place. Parents and children are being reminded to take special care when commuting.

    To prepare you ahead of September, we have complied a few road safety tips which can help you while travelling.

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