When moving to a new country, it is normal to have a mixture of feelings. You may feel excited at the thought of all new experiences you will have, but you may also have concerns about some of the practical issues, such as healthcare. This may be a particular concern for those living in Asia for the first time, people who have chronic health problems, and families with young children. The good news is that medical practice in Singapore is of a very high standard. It is generally modelled on the British system, and doctors have standard compulsory university degrees with hospital training. Specialist doctors often have further training in the United Kingdom, North America or Australia.
Singapore Emergency Contacts
Accident & Emergency (A&E) Departments at the hospitals are open 24 hours and have access to "on call" specialists. They can be more expensive and very busy, and should be used only for emergency care.
Common Viruses Found in Singapore
Dengue in Singapore
Dengue fever is present in Singapore. It is a viral infection with flu-like symptoms, spread by the Aedes mosquito, unlike Malaria mosquitoes they can be found in the city area in daylight hours. There is no treatment and the disease can be serious. A dengue vaccine is now available but it is mainly for patients who have never had a previous bout of it.
Symptoms of Dengue
Fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, rash and sore throat - typically appear 5-8 days after being bitten by the offending mosquito. The rash which develops on the 3rd to 5th day of the illness, spreads from the stomach to the arms, legs and face. A few days after the rash appears, the fever breaks and recovery begins.
Any persons suspected of having dengue fever should be observed for signs of bleeding or bruising and seek urgent medical attention if this happens. Diagnosis is by blood test. It is usual practice to monitor the platelet count until full recovery. This may require repeat blood tests.
Prevention by mosquito avoidance measures is the most effective action e.g - insect repellent and mosquito nets. Also remove any stagnant water around the home (e.g. vases) and note that the risk is higher with a house and garden.
We urge you to check your family's immunisation status. These are the diseases that you can be vaccinated against. A consultation with your doctor is always necessary as requirements differ between individuals: