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8
Dec
2022

Regional collaboration critical as Asean invests in digital transformation to future-proof healthcare systems: 2nd Asean Digital Public Health Conference

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The 2nd Asean Digital Public Health Conference, themed “Health and Healthcare Beyond COVID-19: Building Forward Together”, was organised by EVYD Technology in partnership with the Brunei Investment Agency and NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and supported by Temasek Foundation. It was moderated by Professor David Koh of NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. The speakers shared key learnings surrounding the vital role of digital technologies in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, among other topics.

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7
Dec
2022

Bivalent Pfizer vaccine to be available from Dec 12

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Commenting on the bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for those aged 12 and above, A/Prof Hsu Li Yang, Vice Dean of Global Health, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, noted that the vaccine dose was slightly higher for the Moderna bivalent vaccine, but there were otherwise no substantive differences between the two brands. They can also be mixed as there are no significant differences in effectiveness or side effects.

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6
Dec
2022

Explainer: Are children in Singapore facing a 'tripledemic' threat of influenza, Covid-19 and RSV?

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​Dr Jyoti Somani, Senior Consultant at the Infectious Diseases Division of NUH, said that influenza is known to cause severe disease, especially in older people, but so far this year, there have been no “very severe” cases among seniors at the hospital. There are significantly more cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and rhinovirus or enterovirus in children aged under 18 than in adults at NUH now. Dr Rie Aoyama, Consultant, Division of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, KTP-NUCMI, said that RSV can also cause severe or life-threatening infection in infants under the age of one and those born prematurely, those with underlying heart or lung conditions, or those with weakened immune systems.

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3
Dec
2022

She thought she was done with long Covid, but it returned

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Article on long COVID featured Dr Lim Jeong Hoon, Senior Consultant, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, who explained that he has seen 250 patients since February. Dr Lim runs long COVID clinics at National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Dr Lim said about 60% of long COVID patients recover within a year, but noted that some symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue could incapacitate a patient and affect work performance for some time.

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30
Nov
2022

Can I catch COVID-19 days after getting my booster jab?

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​A/Prof Hsu Li Yang, Vice-Dean of Global Health, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, explained that it takes several days for antibody levels to rise after vaccination and infection could happen in the immediate post-vaccination period. For those planning to take a vacation, A/Prof Hsu advised taking the booster jab about two to three weeks before travelling, as protection would probably be at its highest between two weeks and four months after the dose, because antibody levels peak around this period.

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29
Nov
2022

She thought she was done with long Covid, but it returned

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Dr Lim Jeong Hoon, Senior Consultant, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH), who runs long COVID clinics at NUH and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), has seen 250 patients since February. His clinics refer patients to occupational therapy, so they can redesign their lives, and physiotherapy, to rebuild strength and functioning, as well as explain long COVID to employers and suggest modifications that can allow patients to continue working. Patients also receive treatment for symptoms or referrals to relevant specialists. Dr Lim said about 60% of long COVID patients recover within a year, but noted that some symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue could incapacitate a patient and affect work performance for some time. 

In a related ST report, A/Prof Sophia Archuleta, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, NUH, explained that symptoms of long COVID persist and fluctuate over time. She added that long COVID has also developed in patients who were reinfected with COVID-19, and that vaccination is still the best protection against all COVID-related complications, including long COVID.  It was mentioned that Singapore has long COVID clinics at NUH, NTFGH and National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

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24
Nov
2022

Proper tools needed to diagnose long COVID, especially for elderly patients

Channel NewsAsia

​CNA highlighted that a rehabilitation clinic at NUH offers support to patients who might be suffering from long COVID. Dr Lim Jeong Hoon, Senior Consultant, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine, NUH, explained how a diagnosis of long COVID could be made through tests and exclusion of other possible conditions.

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22
Nov
2022

Commentary: Struggling with unmasking? Our children deserve to see their friends' smiles again

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​A CNA commentary mentioned a study conducted by paediatricians from KTP-NUCMI at NUH which showed that among 628 parents in Singapore, a third of them were hesitant to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.

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17
Nov
2022

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for kids? Experts answer common questions from sceptical parents

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A survey conducted by paediatricians from KTP-NUCMI at NUH showed that among 628 parents in Singapore, two-thirds of them were not vaccine hesitant. 

Dr Lee Le Ye, Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology at KTP-NUCMI, said the single overwhelming factor in vaccine hesitancy that the survey found was the lack of parental trust in their child’s doctor. The study's authors addressed some commonly held notions about COVID-19 vaccination for children. Dr Low Jia Ming, Associate Consultant, Department of Neonatology at KTP-NUCMI, speculated that there was a huge amount of conflicting social media content, which might make it challenging for parents to discern which was trustworthy or not.

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17
Nov
2022

再次感染冠病真的更危险吗?(Is it really more dangerous to get reinfected with COVID-19?)

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​Local experts have questioned a retrospective study by the Washington University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs St Louis Health Care System that suggested that people who are infected with COVID-19 for a second time are at higher risk of organ failure and death. Prof Paul Tambyah, Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, NUH, said the absolute number of COVID-19 reinfected cases in the study was very small, making it difficult to interpret the data.

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16
Nov
2022

Singapore has successfully transitioned to living with Covid-19: Experts

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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung announced on Nov 8 that hospitals would no longer have to set aside entire wards for COVID-19 patients. A/Prof Hsu Li Yang, Vice-Dean of Global Health at  NUS Saw Hock Swee School of Public Health, said this aligns COVID-19 hospitalisation protocols with other conditions such as influenza. He believed the moves the Republic has made have been appropriate.

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15
Nov
2022

S'pore infectious diseases experts sceptical about US study claiming Covid-19 reinfections more dangerous

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Local experts have questioned a retrospective study by the Washington University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs St Louis Health Care System that suggested that people who are infected with COVID-19 for a second time are at higher risk of organ failure and death. Prof Paul Tambyah, Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, NUH, said the study had major problems and that Singapore’s experience was different. Prof Dale Fisher from NUH noted that the paper confused association with causation but was a timely reminder to avoid COVID-19 infection even at this stage of the pandemic.

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12
Nov
2022

Experts discuss AI, other strategies to combat future pandemics

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Prof Dean Ho, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Digital Medicine at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and his team of researchers developed interactive digital platform IDentif.AI, which could collect and analyse patient data to determine the most effective combinations of drugs and dosage to combat diseases such as COVID-19. In May this year, the team used IDentif.Al to successfully produce a drug regimen found to be effective in lab settings against the COVID-19 Omicron variant. iDentif.AI was presented at the 7th World One Health Congress in Singapore last week.

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9
Nov
2022

Kadar lawatan bulanan ke Jabatan Kecemasan turun 16% sejak 2019 (Monthly visits to emergency departments down 16% since 2019)

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​Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said compared with 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the number of patients turning up at emergency departments (EDs) has fallen by 16 per cent – from 2,500 a day to 2,100 a day. In a joint statement, three healthcare groups – National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth – said that since the beginning of 2022, the EDs have been dealing with a very high number of patients.

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4
Nov
2022

Scientists lauded for contributions in Singapore’s COVID-19 fight

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​Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung lauded the achievements of scientists and researchers, including A/Prof Alex Cook, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, at the launch of the Programme for Research in Epidemic Preparedness and Response (PREPARE). Throughout the pandemic, A/Prof Cook worked with MOH to provide projections of the COVID-19 disease trajectory. His work was critical in determining the adequacy of Singapore’s healthcare capacity, and whether safe management measures needed to be tightened or relaxed.

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