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How to manage outbreaks in the face of a healthcare crisis

Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO and Co-Founder, MyDoc

When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the recent 2019-nCoV Novel Coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), I was in Bangkok speaking to a few business partners about expanding our digital healthcare services in the country. Naturally, in Thailand, there were a lot of concerns surrounding the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, more commonly referred to as the Wuhan virus.

Ever since the first reported case outside of China was announced on the 13th of January in Thailand, our clinical team has been closely monitoring the situation. When it hit Singapore 10 days later, just before the Chinese New Year break, our team was not preparing for the festivities, but rather preparing for a crisis. We knew our digital healthcare platform had the capability to respond quickly to the epidemic that was fast turning into a pandemic.


First, let me quash some rumours: The latest coronavirus outbreak is not the faste…

Thursday Tips: Chinese New Year Survival Guide

With Chinese New Year happening few weeks after the new year and Christmas parties, don’t let the festivities ruin your new year resolutions efforts! Here are some tips to help you stick through the resolutions so you won’t end up “physically prosperous” at the end of the festive season.
Counting down See spring cleaning as an opportunity for a workout session, rather than facing it with dread. Blast some music as you turn it into a Zumba session.


Additionally, set aside some time leading up to the days to do the following: Slot in half an hour to go for a jog or an hour for yoga class on your calendar and follow through on days that you can; eat more salad-based (with minimal sauces and dressings) meals or consciously eat about 20% less than what you would usually have, in view of the upcoming feasting days ahead. Load up your plate with more vegetables and plant-proteins.

Resolve to only start snacking on the New Year goodies on Lunar New Year Day One.
During House Visits Neve…

Thursday Tips: Can you be physically active and still be sedentary?

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), physical inactivity is estimated to be the main cause of 21-25% of breast and colon cancer, 27% of diabetes, approximately 30% of Ischemic Heart Disease burden and is the 4th leading risk factor for death globally.

Is physical activity the same as exercise? Physical activity is not the same as exercise. Exercise is a subcategory of physical activity that is structured, planned, repetitive and focused on training a specific muscle group or improving overall physical fitness.
What is physical activity? Physical activity includes structured activities i.e. exercise and non- structured activities which involve bodily movement such as playing, working, household chores, walking to work, taking the stairs and recreational activities.

Global recommendations of aerobic physical activity for adults, aged 18- 64 years are 150 minutes of moderate-intensity per week OR 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity per week OR an equivalent combination of both …

Don’t let your markers turn RED over Chinese New Year

Red. An auspicious colour for an auspicious occasion.
Well, not if it is turning up on your health care report.


Chinese New Year is a time for joyful reunions and enjoying the company of loved ones. However, Chinese New Year is also a time when there are hidden dangers lurking. From the high sugar, high fat content foods, to the long journeys balik kampung, the festive season can quickly become a breeding ground for silent health risks.

This year, Chinese New Year happens to fall during influenza season. Given the nature of festivities, there is an increased chance of human contact especially in crowded areas, which also means you are more susceptible to contracting certain illnesses.

It certainly does not help that a lot of us, (this writer included) throw caution to the wind when it comes to looking after our diet over the festive seasons. Our immune system can be easily compromised by poor nutrition or lack of sufficient rest. This is especially when we are busy juggling work whil…

Thursday Tips: Here's why your diets aren't working

We all know someone who seems to always be on some sort of diet to lose weight. It’s rare to hear about success stories of people losing weight and keeping it off over time.

How do we define success? A truly successful weight loss programme is one that can ensure a weight loss beyond one year after completion of the programme. In fact, studies show that the percentage of people who fail to keep the weight off after 5 years is around 80%.

Oh no! But why? Everyone can lose weight, but very few can maintain it. While there are many reasons why that is the case, the biggest issue with most diets is the lack of education.

Most diets do not teach about healthy eating and positive behaviour changes; instead, they promote dietary changes that are difficult and unhealthy to maintain.

That isn’t the only problem. Here are some other reasons:
Our society encourages calorie consumption and minimal usage of them. Food is increasingly ultra-processed, portions are growing and most of us e…

Hey you! Are you forgetting something for Chinese New Year?

After sending off the fireworks, it’s now time to prepare for firecrackers (figuratively of course, please observe local laws on flammables and explosives).

Ushering in the Chinese New Year is no easy feat - cleaning the house, throwing out the trash, stocking up the pantry, scrubbing the kitchen, replenishing the fridge, buying new clothes, repairing the car, hanging up decorations, and painting the town red.

Well, perhaps not that last point, but you get the idea. Having said that, almost everyone always forgets to do one thing - take care of their own health.

Spring cleaning is always a time to reflect on the old life; dusting off the cobwebs to help provide a clean slate and make room for welcoming new opportunities. It’s also a time where you make a mental check on the things you’ve neglected in the past and commit to better management of your life. Similarly, it is a great time to check in on your health - how is your body doing? Have you been eating well? Have you recently …