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COVID-19 Updates from AMDA Chapters around the Globe #3

Publication date:2021-04-07

Dr. Don Lau
(AMDA Singapore chairperson)

As more than one year has passed from the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we are giving updates on the situations surrounding AMDA chapters around the globe since the latter half of 2020 up until now.


 The COVID-19 situation in Singapore (as of 31 March 2021) is as follows:
Infected cases: 60,347
Deaths: 30
Recovered: 60,138 (99.7%)

At MD International Medical Centre which is run by AMDA Singapore, it is providing primary care services to the citizens under the health ministry’s Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) scheme.

The PHPC initiative is aimed at the comprehensive administration of primary-care medical facilities at the time of public health crises. It is activated to bring the hospitals together whenever infectious outbreaks (i.e., influenza and anthrax) or imminent health hazards (due to the climatic haze, etc.) occur. At this time, the authorities have decided to reactivate the scheme, seeing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a grave threat.

The roles of PHPC

As a PHPC-registered medical clinic, MD International Medical Centre has been engaged in the following activities:
1. Prescription of medicine (Tamiflu and antibiotics for anthrax etc.)
2. Vaccine administration
3. Medical treatment under the government subsidies (e.g., in accordance with the authority-driven COVID-19 response)

MD International Medical Centre has been participating in the government’s influenza subsidy scheme which targets Singaporean citizens and permanent residents. It allows the patients with all types of respiratory diseases to receive consultations and treatment at the subsidized rate of 5 to 10 Singaporean dollars.

Likewise, the medical centre has been offering free PCR tests (swab tests) in line with the health ministry’s COVID-19 response. This also applies to patients with coughs and fever below 38°C.

MD International Medical Centre has always been a keen provider of primary care services. They include elderly care and chronic disease management for maladies such as diabetes and hypertension. Under the government’s inoculation programs, it has an excellent track record of providing immunization against influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia (PCV13/PPSV), human papillomavirus (HPV2/HPV4), hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as chickenpox (varicella).

By working in tandem with the health ministry and National University Health System (NUHS), MD International Medical Centre hopes to continue offering quality medical services even in the midst of this difficult time.

    •  Singapore
    •  2020
    •  2021
    •  COVID-19