• Short Summary

    Singapore, which has a reputation as the cleanest city in Asia, now hopes to be the healthiest as well.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Alexandra housing estate
    3 ft

    2.
    Sign: FIGHT KIDNEY DISEASE pan to photo of patient
    7 ft

    3.
    Student investigators out of building
    12 ft

    4.
    Two students knock on door and enter
    22 ft

    5.
    Man takes blood pressure test
    29 ft

    6.
    Children watch
    30 ft

    7.
    Man leaves room for urine sample and returns
    38 ft

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    Students analyse sample and
    45 ft

    9.
    Old lady watches
    46 ft

    10.
    Another man gets blood test as children watch
    49 ft

    11.
    Woman opens door for students and gets test
    57 ft

    12.
    GV University of Singapore and sign
    61 ft

    13.
    Bacteriologists check samples
    67 ft

    14.
    CU sample seen through magnifying glass
    69 ft

    15.
    Samples checked
    72 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Singapore, which has a reputation as the cleanest city in Asia, now hopes to be the healthiest as well. It has just begun an unusual campaign to fight kidney disease which kills 400 Singaporeans each year.

    Twenty university medical students are touring a large housing estate with the aim of collecting 10,000 urine samples for a survey on kidney diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure for the National Kidney Foundation.

    They have chosen the Alexandra housing estate which, according to medical authorities, ideally reflects Singapore's multi-racial make-up.

    However, because of the personal nature of the survey, the youthful investigators often found themselves rebuffed when they knocked on doors. Those who do co-operate are rewarded with five Singapore dollars (US$1.7).

    After taking a blood pressure test, volunteers then gave a urine sample which is analysed on the spot using a simple slide method. If any abnormality is found, the person concerned is offered free and specialised treatment at a hospital kidney unit in order to allow further detailed investigations.

    Those found to have high blood pressure or diabetes are also offered specialised treatment free of charge. All the samples are later given a more detailed examination at the University of Singapore to check for any bacteria growth.

    The survey is expected to take six weeks with another six months needed to carry out the overall analysis.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1QZ32SS52DAR78QHFRUJCTWKB
    Media URN:
    VLVA1QZ32SS52DAR78QHFRUJCTWKB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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