This year’s commemoration – which aims to raise awareness of both antibiotics and antibiotic resistance – will end tomorrow. The World Health Organization (WHO) and many countries use World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) to highlight “best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to help stop the further emergence and spread of […]

Over the past year, I was privileged to be involved in a history project that was actually funded by the National Heritage Board (number 26 on this list). I was then working at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), helping with the transition of the Communicable Diseases Centre (CDC) to the new National Centre for Infectious […]

There are a series of clinical trials published this year that challenge long-held notions in the treatment of infectious diseases. When I was a trainee, we routinely prescribe high-dose intravenous antibiotics for prolonged periods of 4 to 6 weeks for infective endocarditis (infection of the heart valves), because the conventional understanding was that high concentrations […]

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) regularly organizes educational courses, the vast majority of which are held in Europe. This year, however, their postgraduate course on tuberculosis and mycobacterial disease was held in Singapore from 26th to 28th September, in NUS. Although other specialties (particularly the oncologists) have organized regional editions […]

The success of The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge – a yearlong effort by the US CDC to garner formal commitments to tackle the problem of AMR by governments, private companies and non-governmental organisations – was celebrated at an unofficial side event at the UN General Assembly on 23rd September (3 days ago). The initiative itself […]

The Philippines declared an outbreak of polio on 19th September, after a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur (on Mindanao island) was confirmed to have developed acute flaccid paralysis from vaccine-derived Type 2 poliovirus infection. A second case of polio due to the same virus was announced 2 days later, also on Mindanao but more […]

There are four plaques in St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore commemorating the Sepoy (Singapore) Mutiny in 1915. On 15th February 1915 which was the last day of Chinese New Year, half of the 5th Native Light Infantry – which was then stationed at Alexandra Barracks – mutinied, killing dozens of British troops and civilians before […]