I was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress last Friday, the prime attraction of which was the launch of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI). There was also a subsequent plenary session in the late morning which I was unfortunately unable to attend. Led by Prof Mike Merson, […]

By a curious twist of coincidence, I received two notices of powdered infant formula milk recall due to Cronobacter sakazakii today. The first was from the SGH Microbiology blogger, who forwarded the abstract to a paper published by Chilean scientists in Frontiers in Microbiology last month. Following the June 2017 alert issued by the Chilean Ministry of […]

In 2010, I was invited to Bangladesh for an event relating to antimicrobial resistance organized by ReACT and the INDEPTH Network. There was a field trip to a village that I vividly recalled. We took a several-hour drive to the village in four wheel drives provided by the icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease […]

The abovementioned conference was held at the Khanh Hoa Convention Centre (the main auditorium resembles concert theatre) in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The primary organisers were the National Hospital for Infectious Diseases (NHTD), Vietnam Society of Infectious Diseases (VSID), Vietnam Clinical of HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), Vietnam Society of Parasitology (VSP), Oxford Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU), […]

Spent an interesting 3 days in the capital of Lao PDR, which is a relatively small city with just under 800,000 inhabitants. Photos below. First time in Lao PDR, and first time I have set foot into a Singapore embassy (or met a current Ambassador – who was very encouraging and welcoming)! It took some […]

I managed to attend part of this very well attended symposium which was held on 13th July at University Town. It was organized by my Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health colleague Dr. Vincent Pang and his CIDER team, along with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). There were prominent speakers from […]

I am one of the ignorant who first learned about Prof Hans Rosling – physician and Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institutet – only upon his death last year. When the book he had worked on with his son and daughter-in-law was published posthumously, it was very well received and even Bill Gates has […]

The Kerala state government declared that the Nipah virus outbreak in the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts had ended on 1st July. There were a total of 18 confirmed cases and 17 deaths according to the World Health Organization website, and the last case had been reported on 31 May 2018. There is already a Bollywood-style […]

The NHS Quality Premium is a financial incentive given to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – which commission most of the hospital and community health services in their respective areas in England – that meet or exceed pre-set indicators in health outcome improvement and/or service quality. I was quite intrigued when I learned that antibiotic prescribing […]

Last Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced a public consultation on their proposed amendments to the Infectious Disease Act, which received its last major update in 2008. The legal and lay documents detailing the amendments are available here. Several experts have provided quick opinions and soundbites, including a formal opinion piece in the Straits Times. […]