• Vol. 41 No. 5, 187–188
  • 15 May 2012

Fatal Asthma in Singapore



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The occasion of World Asthma Day in 2012 provides us with an opportunity to review the state of asthma care in Singapore. This is also a decade after the initiation of the Singapore National Asthma Program (SNAP). At the apex of the burden of disease is fatal asthma. The Global Initiative for Asthma’s (GINA) global burden of disease report ranked Singapore as an intermediate risk country for asthma prevalence but a high-risk country for asthma deaths. This suggests that, even though we practise medicine in a rich country with relatively few barriers to the best medical care, the quality of asthma care and control in Singapore is still below the global average.

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