Japanese Encephalitis

Dengue fever “en mass” has had its day, at least until the next wave, and the Typhoid fever epidemic seems to be waning. Now it’s Japanese Encephalitis (J.E.)…..the latest fear factor. Newspaper reports state 50 plus cases so far. I seriously doubt that these figures are accurate. Many cases in smaller dusuns or villages may […]

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Travel In Paradise

I am constantly bombarded with inquiries from expatriate and tourist alike as to the travel health recommendations for Bali and the surrounding islands. Unfortunately due to lack of data, inaccurate data, or lack of communication among health facilities throughout the archipelago, it is difficult to know what diseases are current risks, and in which area […]

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The Aftermath….. The Healing

Sunday, October 13, 2002. 7 am at Sanglah Hospital. I could not believe what I was seeing. Volunteers from every walk, stepped out of their lives with a “boots and all attitude” to do what it took to get the job done, and not to stop until it was finished. Nurses, doctors, housewives, managers, students. […]

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Vaccination – Part One

Childhood Vaccination…..To Do or Not to Do? Nothing can divide a room of parents so quickly or vehemently as the vaccination issue. I recently addressed a room of concerned parents regarding a possible Tuberculosis scare. When vaccination was mentioned the room erupted into bitter dispute. I made a quick exit stage left as there was […]

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Vaccination – Part Two

In our last edition we discussed the pros and cons of child-hood vaccination. As I predicted, this topic generated quite a bit of interest by our readers and the e-mails have been pouring in. Here is a selection of questions that may be relevant to other readers. Q. My baby was born in the U.K, […]

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Babes In Arms

Babies bring out the concerns of even the toughest cutthroat adult. They have us mystified and muddled and they have all read the books on “How to Train Your Parents….Early”. Even a newborn is versed in the cunning art of getting grown ups to do exactly what they want…RIGHT NOW! Seriously though, children are a […]

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Birthing In Bali

Sooner or later many of you out there will be faced with the decision of where to birth your child. This is where I really get on my soapbox, as I am both a Midwife and a Mother. For those that have a choice, my advice will always be to leave the Island and go […]

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Q & A’s The Holiday Blues!

Q. My son is prone to swimmers ear infections and I usually prevent this from occurring by using ear drops from Australia called “Aqua Ear”. I have tried just about every pharmacy on the Island but I cannot get them or anything similar here. Do you have any other tips on how to prevent the […]

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