22 Jan Inactivity – Inadequate Resource is a prime concern of Healthcare
I did a research on Sports Participation for my Masters in Education, from the University of Western Australia. I would like to share with all on my findings. It will be discussed here.
The overall estimation health cost in year 2008 is going to be high for people who are public to stomach. The public, as a whole are very very worried day in day out. It is estimated that Singapore may lose at least ten billion dollars from it. Individual cost is involved as well and the cost is rather found to be very high. It is the reason why people are worried when they get old. Worse still, in the process of earning and keeping themselves busy, some have neglected their health in the process of helping the economy and are very worried for their future, especially when they think about the debilitating effects of not exercising regularly.
Even in US, the main concern is Health Care and there is the challenge for the current leaders, trying to solve something that is going to be not easy to be solved and it may not be solved after all. It is going to be a perennial problem. Everyone has to go through this. As soon as one comes to the age of about 40 plus, one will tend to understand Health care concern more. Worst still, those who were not able to keep themselves fit enough when they were young, as they also did not put in the time and money to exercise are very worried on their future state of health. Their thought is on who is going to take care of them when they are old. They also know that the magic answer to health is exercise and government also know that, with exercise, the Health Care cost will be lower and the economy can weather poor economic climate if there is one.
Recently, in Singapore, I have interviewed many on ad hoc basis and they voiced the concern on lack of proper facilities for games to be played, for children and as well as for adults. Most of the field are taken for soccer league, and the track is for public, but at times the schools do use and the lanes and the track gets blocked, such that the public cannot use the track properly. There is no clear guidelines on how to use the lanes of the track and the public fear for their own safety to exercise on a track.
Some have given the feedback that facilities are better now with Park Connector. However, they have told that buggies are a cause of concern as I have feedback of some people who nearly got into accident with buggies used by N Park. At night, some buggies were seen working and it can be dangerous to public as they were cases of near collision. Also, when people shun the track as there is no clear guideline to use lanes, they also find that going to Botanic Garden defeats the purpose of exercising as many do not want to exercise there as it is quite dark.
There are many athletes who have given up on sports in Singapore as there is a real problem of lack of resource. It should be addressed so that billions can be saved. People in the authorities must do something to enable N Park and the running track to be used optimally and in a safe manner. I shall write on how Singapore really lack of resources and proper planning in this is very important.
Edited By Ms Tan!