Is it OK to use medications past their expiry date?

This question comes up quite often during consultations with patients. Most patients are concern whether expired medications can cause harm to them when ingested. The good news is that most medications are not harmful even if you inadvertently took them after their expiry dates. In fact, medicine do not suddenly become useless just after their expiry dates. Most are still […]

I have allergy. Can I take the Covid-19 vaccine?

I have allergy. Can I take the Covid-19 vaccine?

This is a well-written and well-researched article by Dr. Amar Singh, and would be of great interest for those who have history of allergy and are considering taking the Covid-19 vaccine. As we implement the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, those of us who are healthcare professionals have numerous friends and acquaintances asking us about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines. […]

Latest Guidelines on Management of Close Contact

Latest Guidelines on Management of Close Contact

On 14 January 2021, the Health Ministry released a new guideline on the management of close contact – people who were exposed to patients diagnosed with Covid-19. A person who is exposed for 15 minutes or more, at a distance of less than 6 feet, to someone diagnosed with Covid-19 infection is generally regarded as a close contact. The risk […]

Understanding the Different Types of Covid-19 Vaccines

Now that many private companies are coming out with different types of Covid-19 vaccines, it may be difficult for lay people to understand what they are, how they are made, what are the pros and cons. Well, you can now equip yourself with a better understanding of the different types of Covid-19 vaccines that are available by reading up on […]

Suspected case of Covid-19

The guideline below is meant for doctors and HCW. Doctors need to have a high index of suspicion and be actively on the look out for possible Covid-19 patients, especially if you are in a red zone. You should be highly suspicious if your patient meets BOTH the clinical AND epidemiological criteria, AND in the absence of a more likely […]

The original message that started the panic

The problem with this type of unverified and inaccurate messages is that it unnecessarily adds to the fear already existing and heightened in the community. The other problem is the repercussion of such a message. Imagine if another doctor who is facing the same situation sees this, and realises the damage it will do to his clinic. He may end […]

Truth and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Truth and the Covid-19 Pandemic If there is any blessings arising from this Covid-19 pandemic, it is that it is showing us the importance of truth.This is because we cannot fight this pandemic with denials, lies and distortion of truth. Doing so only makes the situation worse for everyone. There have been many reports of patients who have history of […]

How do I know if I have Covid-19 infection?

With the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, it is understandable if you are concern and wonder if you have the infection and not know about it, since some people may be asymptomatic. On the other hand, your healthcare facilities can easily get overwhelmed with unnecessary screening and testings. So, what should you do if you are not sure whether you may have […]