02 Aug '11, 3am

Dr Leong Yan Hoi, a member of the SDP's Healthcare Advisory Panel, made several house calls to families in need of...

Among the six households that Dr Leong saw was one with a middle-aged Indian lady, Madam Devi (not her real name), who is staying alone. She is a divorcee with a son and is suffering from polio. Mdm Devi says that she does not qualify for welfare assistance because the polyclinic doctor she consulted refused to certify that she is suffering from the disease. Without the medical certification she is unable to justify her unemployment status and thus qualify for financial aid. Mdm Devi tells us that she subsists on $200 a month that her son gives her. His monthly pay itself is a meagre few hundreds. Whenever he can, he buys dinner for her. Dr Leong examined Mdm Devi and confirmed that she is suffering from childhood polio which has impaired her gait. He wrote a memo to the Community Development Council certifying her medical condition so that she can receive some finacial he...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4915-dr-leong...

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