After some work, we now have the majority of the video interviews for the SG50 Project on our own YouTube channel. It has really been an educational and gratifying experience interviewing all these people, and learning about the infectious diseases of the past and present. There are currently 35 videos available for public viewing. It […]

A young woman, approximately 11 weeks pregnant, had gone on an island staycation with her family. Four days prior to their return. her nephew developed a fever, with a vesicular rash appearing one day later. This was subsequently diagnosed to be chickenpox. She had been in close contact with her nephew throughout the staycation. She did not recall ever […]

Nearing the end of the interviews at last, yet at the same time, realising that there remain significant gaps in terms of the people that should be interviewed: people who have seen, or initiated, or contributed to how infectious diseases changed or was controlled in Singapore. It is an SG50 project however, and the strict timeline […]

I had the great privilege of meeting Prof David Warrell yesterday over tea at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK. He is Emeritus Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, a great expert on venomous snakes and rabies, and editor of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, which perhaps is not used as […]

We have finally crossed the midpoint in terms of recorded interviews for the SG50 Project! Thanks to the help of Dr. Vincent Pang from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, we have managed to complete interviews for the following: Dr. Ling Moi Lin – Singapore General Hospital. Dr. Jeffery Cutter – Ministry of Health. Dr. Andrea Kwa […]

It has been a while since I last updated on the local Group B Streptococcus (GBS) outbreak in Singapore that is linked to the consumption of raw bighead carp. The good news is that there has been a dramatic fall in the number of cases of severe GBS after the National Environment Agency (NEA) recommended […]

Another week has gone by and we have completed filming even more interviews, although still less than half of what we intend for the documentary. The team from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s CampusTV has really performed well and professionally. I would not hesitate to use them for future projects. In the past week, we have interviewed: […]

It is parliamentary election season in Singapore now and there are several firsts this round. The most significant to me personally are that I will finally get a chance to vote, and that there is an infectious diseases physician contesting this time as a candidate for the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), one of the older […]

Since yesterday, we have finally started our video interviews for our SG50 Project on Infectious Diseases and Singapore. The interviews are filmed by a team from Campus TV from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, who will also produce the documentary. We are immensely indebted to our interviewees, all of whom have agreed to give of their valuable time […]

I came across a short article on Prof Lim Kok Ann today while reading the Straits Times, commemorating the week he became Dean of Medicine at the National University of Singapore in 1965. His signal achievement in medicine is remembered by few in Singapore now, but he was the first to discover and describe the […]