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Singapore, 7 October 2022 - The call to future proof healthcare could not have come at a better time as Singapore emerges from the pandemic.
Staring in our faces, first and foremost, is Singapore’s rapidly greying population. Not only do we now have more citizens aged 65 and older1 who are at higher risk of developing serious diseases, the prevalence of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, higher body mass index and overall lower physical activity2 is also rising.
Associate Professor Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health, outlined key policy shifts that the Singapore healthcare sector will be embarking on as Healthier SG is rolled out to address these challenges in his keynote lecture: “At the cusp of change: Transforming care for better population health and sustainability” at this year’s Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).
Additionally, Singapore also needs to brace itself for the next pandemic as COVID-19 has exerted a huge challenge on the local healthcare system. The two-day ASM, titled “Call to Action: Future Proof Healthcare”, will include presentations and discussions on COVID-19 related topics amongst many others, for healthcare professionals across SGH Campus to learn and foster collaboration that best address the needs of our population.
“We cannot do better, much less future proof healthcare, by simply doing more of the same. So we hope this year’s ASM will inspire attendees from different fields and disciplines to cast their vision for the future and transform healthcare through engaged care, effective research, and enlightened education in partnership with empowered patients,” said Associate Professor Sophia Chew, Organising Chairperson of this year’s ASM and Senior Consultant, Department of Anaesthesiology, SGH.
The Guest-of-Honour was Senior Minister of State for Health, Dr Janil Puthucheary. He delivered the Opening Address on Friday, 7 October 2022, 8am at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at Academia on SGH Campus.
SGH Annual Scientific Meeting
ASM 2022 has attracted over 220 abstract submissions from SGH and across the Campus for the 15 different award categories.
Some of the noteworthy abstracts included:
1 https://www.population.gov.sg/files/media-centre/publications/population-in-brief-2022.pdf2 https://www.moh.gov.sg/docs/librariesprovider5/default-document-library/nphs-2020-survey-report.pdf
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