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Hi, this is Dr. Sumanta Saha, a health care professional and the author of this blog welcoming you here. I am writing in this blog since 2013. I find this as an excellent way to express the reverberation of my thoughts and perceptions on different issues that seems relevant in life. I am thoroughly enriched by the vibrant views/comments the readers share. This blog is open to public, anyone who enjoys the content may be its reader or follower. Thank you very much for spending your valuable time reading this blog. Please visit again and enjoy reading!

Amazing Skytrains at Changi Airport

 

Travelling by Skytrain at Changi Airport, Singapore can be a memorable experience if you have some time to spend at the airport and enjoy its variety of flavours. These trains take you free of cost across various airport terminals at the Changi airport.

If you are are not sure which Skytrain to board, various displays are available at various parts of the airport to help you to decide. However, for people who find it hard to grasp maps in one go, like me, the easiest way is to ask any airport staff, which I found a helpful way. One thing that is worth mentioning about Changi Airport is the help desks, distributed throughout the airport.

The staff are generally quite helpful and offer free lozenges, just feel free to grab few. Staff at these help kiosks provide help to travellers in the airport, to get access to the free internet available at the airport. They scan the passport and generate tokens for this purpose and one may receive more than one token on request, for using internet on multiple devices. However, one can also follow some of the guidelines found on the airport displays and learn how to connect the free wifi through mobile. It’s simple, all that one needs to do is to follow the prompts.

Coming back to the Skytrains, these trains are amazing primarily because they are not manned i.e. driverless and fully automatic. Its something like unmanned drones, although it doesn’t shell or spy anyone, rather carry passengers safely across airport terminals.

Finally, let me add few more sentences about the wonderful airport. First, is its aesthetic part. The floor of almost the entire airport area accessible to travellers is carpeted. Since the airport is quite large and if you are looking for a calm place to sit and relax it don’t seem to be difficult to find one. Some chairs are fitted with appliances to charge electronic gadgets like mobiles and laptops.

If you are fond of shopping at the airports, there is a huge range of choices throughout the airport. Some people probably utilise it as a mean to kill the boredom of waiting for long hours for catching their next connecting flight. You may find electronic leg massaging chairs spreading out at various corners of the airport premises. Interestingly, it was free when I travelled and hope it will remain so in future too.

If you like to be around people of various parts of the globe, this airport may serve the purpose to some extent. At certain times of the day, you may find people from various countries speaking different languages under one roof.

Furthermore, there are facilities in the airport to send your extra luggage by postal or courier system. Although the service seemed expensive to my wallet’s expenditure limits, giant airport shoppers with weighty financial capacities might find it helpful.

Besides that, the airport takes care of both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers, there are enclosed smoking areas which help non-smokers to refrain from inhaling passive smoke.

Lastly, before wrapping this post, I must mention about the airport’s pre-departure security check, a concern probably for most passengers. Based on my experience and understanding, the staff responsible for this task take their work seriously and sincerely, which obviously makes the airport one of my favourite.

P.S.: Descriptions here are based on this author’s individual travel experiences which are not necessarily free of errors and things might change with time too. Therefore, please cross-check information from authentic resources.

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What is the meaning of the word ‘corroborate’?

It means to endorse or provide supportive evidence to something.

Example: He used a range of examples to corroborate his idea.

Is ‘oftenly’ a correct word?

No there is no word called ‘oftenly’.

‘How oftenly do you go to supermarket.’ – this is a wrong sentence.

The correct version of the above sentence would be- ‘How often do you go to supermarket.’

Therefore, the correct word is ‘often’.

PS - the above info is based on author's knowledge base, which may not be always correct or upto dated, so verify from other sources too.

 

Automatic or autommattic or automattic-which spelling is correct?

DSC_2358Correct Answer: Automatic

Which spelling is correct- marketing or marketting?

Answer: Marketing

Why cesarean sections are rising in private practice in India?

In the recent time, particularly in private practice the toll of cesarean sections are quite high in various parts of India. This author tried to speculate why cesarean sections are rising in India and here are the understandings of this author (which are also enriched by some real life experiences).

First question is whom to blame for this rising trend of C- sections in the private practice, the doctors or the patients. The answer might seem like to both, but I feel doctors. Why? Some people might cite that the ladies today are too softie and want everything smoothly with out undergoing the labor pain. But I feel that it’s not wrong for a woman to avoid pain of all sort in life and even labor pain. Besides alleviating pain, since family sizes are shrinking these days and becoming restricted to 1 to 2 children a vaginal delivery might be perceived as risky health practice by some pregnant mothers and their families, who feel cesarean can be a safe alternative to achieve a complication free birth.

The point to understand in this regard is that patients can actually demand anything based on their understandings, but that shouldn’t be an alibi for doctors to incise a woman’s tummy. Ethically doctors are supposed to explain the pregnant lady and her family about the pros and cons of the cesarean section and also stating when such an operation is really indicated. Unfortunately, these ethical issues are only limited to legal papers and texts with not much real life utilisation. Therefore, in my opinion the doctor should explain clearly the issues of delivery with out any word game during conversation to bend the patient and her family members mind set towards an unnecessary cesarean section.

Next question is why doctors in private practice incline more towards a c-section. I feel ‘money making’ will be a partly correct answer, a better phrase would be ‘easy money making’. When a doctor opts to do a cesarean section he doesn’t need to monitor the patient for long hours (unlike normal vaginal delivery). For long hours of observation, more staff are needed and more time needs to be dedicated, which counts as a negative feature for private practitioners. Not only that for conducting normal vaginal delivery doctors need to be available 24×7 because a pregnant patient may go into labor anytime, and private practitioners wouldn’t probably prefer to compromise their nights sleep regulalrly for their entire life, unlike their days when they worked as a resident trainee doctors. Elective cesarean is just like regular outpatient practice, where the cesarean operation can be done at any time convenient to both the doctor and patient.

A third query can be why then women who want a normal delivery with no indication for cesarean section voluntarily go to the government run hospitals where normal delivery is generally offered for eligible cases. This is a complex issue to answer. Many people don’t find the state run hospitals clean and hygienic enough. These hospitals are often accused for baby missing complaints after delivery. Sometimes, cats and other non-human species can find their way inside the hospital wards, and this author witnessed such multiple times. Unlike private practice setup where a woman can get treated under a particular obstetrician of her choice, in state funded hospitals less likely all women will be delivered by senior experienced obstetricians  and things might worsen particularly in night time when the lonely unsupervised trainee doctors makes a mess of situations like when shoulder of a baby which gets stuck in birth canal or the mother starts bleeding uncontrollably. Statistics is always good on paper and presentation, but in real life the loss of life or permanent complication of a mother and/or her baby is cent percent for that individual and her family. Its not wrong for a pregnant female to get delivered under skilled confident doctors rather than unsupervised learners. And at this particular point a cesarean section in private is possibly justified unless the government can make any drastic change in the trend.

Lastly, what can be the solution to avoid the unwanted indication-less c-section problem. Bringing in strong laws is obviously an option to compel private practitioners to follow the conduct of medical ethics. Besides that the country should adopt better recruiting, training and licensing system for doctors from nations that are best in obstetrics care in the world. Also the patients and their family members should be made aware about the wrong doing of unnecessary cesarean sections, so that they can demand a normal delivery when there isn’t any indication for Caesarean section. Furthermore, patients should be given legal right to record their doctors counselling about what mode of delivery should they choose so that at a latter time they can take it to the court as a piece of evidence.

Let’s hope, some day the social media loving policy framers will start tweeting on this topic too to get fame (which seems too delicious to them, ‘the Narcissistic farts’), and bring in some fragments of happiness to their citizens.

 

P.S.: Views and opinions expressed in this post are author's individual, not meant to hurt anyone in any form. If such has happened unknowingly, please understand it as a mere accident and not intentional.

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