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 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 […]

I was privileged to attend the official opening of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) today. Operational since the end of 2018, NCID is the 21st century iteration of a facility to contain infectious diseases threats in Singapore. It was great to catch up with old colleagues and friends – the event was almost […]

While looking through old records for a project on the history of Middleton Hospital/Communicable Diseases Centre, we came across numerous references to enteric fever and typhoid in annual reports from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, and even those from the Medical Department in the Colonial Office (pre-independence) archives. It was clear that starting […]