I was invited to give this talk at the ECHO Singapore 2018 conference last Saturday, and had to do a bit of reading up. Who should receive antibiotic prophylaxis against endocarditis, particularly when undergoing dental procedures, is obviously an important clinical decision. Endocarditis – inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, particularly the heart […]

I had the honour of being invited to attend the workshop and seminar in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This event – held today and tomorrow – is organized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia in collaboration with the US Embassy in Malaysia as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). It was a far larger […]

The second Antibiotic Awareness Essay Contest – jointly organized by SSHSPH, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore General Hospital – received more entrants than last year. Thankfully, the judges managed to read through the whole lot in time and the winners are listed below. We particularly enjoyed Ms Megan Sim’s clever poem, which is included as […]

The 13th edition of Singapore’s Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference (or PHOM as it is called) was held at the One Farrer Hotel on 4th and 5th of October. I had attended a few of the earlier editions, and the number of attendees has increased with each year. The public health community in Singapore […]

On 26th September, the United Nations General Assembly held its first ever High Level Meeting on Ending TB. This is the second UN General Assembly in 2 years to focus on an infectious disease issue, the earlier event being on antimicrobial resistance in 2016. One of the reasons for the meeting was that even though […]

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, […]

A middle-aged man presented with purulent nasal discharge for 3 months, associated with occasional left-sided facial pain. He had no history of fever or cough, and the only co-morbidity was that of chronic asthma, for which he had been on fluticasone and ventolin inhalers for years. He had seen a number of doctors with no […]