Spent some time at the National Library earlier today looking through the digitised newspaper archives. Here are some screenshots of old tuberculosis news articles that caught my eye:
In 1962, a 6-point plan to reduce TB rates in Singapore, including expanded screening, BCG vaccination, and drug therapy for patients with active tuberculosis.
In 1985, free chest X-rays offered for all persons above 44 years of age, without the need to see a doctor.
1985 again – taxi drivers found to have higher rates of tuberculosis (I don’t think this was ever published). There’s a legacy policy however – shown in the next image.
Current LTA application form for taxi drivers, obtained from the LTA website. Note the explicit question as to whether the applicant has active TB on the chest X-ray.
SATA educational chart, published in the Straits Times in 1985.
SATA educational chart, published in the same ST article in 1985.
Last but not least (for this series), the formation of the Singapore Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (STEP) in 1997.