Home News Singaporeans call 995 for the strangest reasons; Sr Parliamentary Sec. Amrin Amin...

Singaporeans call 995 for the strangest reasons; Sr Parliamentary Sec. Amrin Amin stresses emergency calls only




- Advertisement -

It appears that some Singaporeans call 995 for the strangest reasons.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin took to Facebook on October 13 to appeal to people to not call 995 unless it is an emergency, and in his post he listed the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s the weirdest reasons why people have dialled 995.

That certainly got people’s attention.


- Advertisement -

The five weird reasons included having a toothache, needing a blood test, sore eyes, a headache, and, perhaps the weirdest of all, someone called 995 because he could not urinate after drinking three beers.

The point of Mr. Amin’s post was to emphasize that 995 calls are strictly for life-and-death emergencies only, and that a non-emergency call could cause responders to delay help to someone who might be in urgent need of medical attention.

As he said, “A minute can make a difference between life and death.”

He urged people to call 1-777 for a non-emergency ambulance, or to head to a clinic instead, and asked netizens to spread his message.

Emergency responders and medical professionals who treat emergency cases thanked Mr. Amin for his public service post. They also shared their experience with equally strange and non-emergent cases.

Other netizens made helpful suggestions that to highlight the non-emergency number, since people are prone to call the number they are most familiar with.

Mr. Amin replied, highlighting the SCDF’s campaign to spread the word that 995 is only for emergencies.


Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

First two out of group of ang mohs and foreigners fined over yacht party near Lazarus Island

A group of men and women were seen flouting safe-distancing measures while on a yacht at Lazarus Island on Dec 26 last year. The first two members of the group to face the court — Singapore permanent resident Mark Lau San...

Minor injuries for driver after SUV flips over on SLE

Singapore—A white sport utility vehicle (SUV) turned turtle on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) before the Woodlands Avenue 12 exit on Monday morning (March 1). One man sustained minor injuries in the incident. However, he refused an offer from the Singapore Civil Defence Force...

Monitor lizard eats python whole in Ulu Pandan canal, throws up and burps

Singapore – A monitor lizard was spotted eating a large python in Ulu Pandan canal. Passers-by watched, snapped pictures and pressed the video button, but guess who threw up his lunch? The lizard. The python proved too much to swallow. "Python hunted...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg