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 […]

Less well known than it should be, the Patient Care Centre (PCC) can be found within the grounds of the Communicable Diseases Centre at Moulmein Road. It was established in 1997 to support the poorer patients with HIV/AIDS, and to reduce the stigma associated with the disease.       

I had the distinct pleasure and honour of meeting Prof Goh Kee Tai on Wednesday. He very kindly lent me 3 books (2 of which were authored by himself) to help with the SIDS SG50 Project. Looks like lots of midnight reading ahead…  

We – as in the Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore), or SIDS for short – have just been awarded a small grant by the SG50 Celebration Fund to carry out our project “Overcoming Infectious Diseases in Singapore: Past, Present and Future“. Singapore is a young nation at the crossroads of Asia and consistently faces the […]

The Singapore Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (STEP) Registry and TB Contact Clinic used to be based out of a charming (but rickety) old colonial-style bungalow along Moulmein Road. After several months, renovations have been completed.

Yesterday evening, in a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Agri-Food &Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), the authorities revealed that there had been 238 cases of Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteraemia between 1st January and 30th June this year, compared to 150 cases per year on average for the […]

It has been slightly over a week since my earlier post on the Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) outbreak in Singapore. There have been several initial news reports, and the Ministry of Health released a carefully worded message on 13th July stating that they were investigating the outbreak along with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and […]

There is a Facebook/WhatsApp message that has gone viral since yesterday, reporting on a patient at the National University Hospital with Group B Streptococcus septic arthritis and linking this with a rise in other such cases in Singapore, as well as consumption of raw fish from various porridge stalls in hawker centres. The message has […]

There is a lot of interesting data available on tuberculosis (TB) in Singapore, available from multiple sources. I was quite privileged to receive a copy of Dr Heng Bee Hoon’s (Director, Health Services and Outcome Research, National Healthcare Group) 1988 Master of Science in Public Health thesis “The Secular Trends of Tuberculosis in Singapore” from the […]

To complete the MRSA discussion, it is necessary to mention the final group of MRSA – livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA). Just as healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) and community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) are (at least initially) distinct from each other via differences in their genetic make-up, LA-MRSA represents yet another separate path of evolution for MRSA, with its own […]