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Monday with the Editor: Primary 6 students say goodbye to BCG
news for all current Primary Six students who have yet to
get the jab this year - BCG is gone forever! Future
batches of Primary Six boys and girls will not need to
suffer scars on their left arm anymore. Just what is BCG,
you may ask. It's certainly not Boy Chases Girl.
Bacille Calmette Guerins (it's in French) is a vaccination
given to all children at birth, and again at age 12, to
prevent serious childhood Tuberculosis (or TB as it is
Thousands of young boys and girls have suffered scars from
this vaccination - scars which remain on their bodies to
this day. Those who are lucky escape with a 1-cm diameter
raised scar. I am one of these lucky chaps. However, the
unfortunate have to put up with hideous-looking scars as
long as 5-cm or even longer.
affected are the girls - these scars deform the smooth
contour of many a slender left arm. They are also
difficult to hide.
why is the BCG vaccination being withdrawn? It appears
that despite numerous studies conducted worldwide over the
years, there has been no scientific evidence to show that
repeated BCG vaccination is effective in protecting
against TB - the scourge of Singaporeans in the pre-70s
World Health Organisation (WHO) no longer recommends
repeat vaccination. Here, the Ministry of Health has,
after a review, decided to stop the practice of a second
BCG vaccination with effect from yesterday, 1 Jul 2001.
years after the first batch of 12 year olds here began the
hate affair with BCG, new batches of students will see no
reason to carry on this hate affair. And in a matter of
years maybe, it will be forgotten. But, for those of us
whom the scar has indelibly affected - the hate affair
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National Wushu Display 2001
Sunday 8 Jul 2001
7pm Singapore Indoor Stadium
display by masters from China, Vietnam, Japan, UK, USA and
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local champion lion & dragon dance performances.
information, call the Sports For Life hotline: (65) 1800
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China Beijing Opera
English & Chinese subtitles
The Beijing Opera
Troupe will radically alter any preconceived notions that the
artform is meant for Chinese- speaking grandads and grandmas.
Instead, this highly-acclaimed troupe has modernised China's
age-old theatrical art with an adrenaline rush that captivates
audiences from all walks of life, young or old.
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