Nowadays, if we were ill, we cam seek our family
doctors for minor cases or go to accident or emergency
for major cases. Most Asian lived in dirty places.
Little was done to protect the people in the 19th
century. The government had only a few doctors to take
care of the sick soldiers.
|In 1844, Asians and
Europeans contributed money to build a hospital.
Tan Tock Seng contributed the most and thus the
hospital was named after him.
Tan Tock Seng
|The Europeans were
the healthiest community in the east as they
enjoyed healthy life. They had better living
condition and medical care.
||The Asians were
different from European in lifestyle. Asians were
mostly poor. They had disease like malaria and
Most of the Asians lived in dark dirty shop
houses. It was worst in china town. It was
overcrowded with Asians. Rubbish was all over the
Europeans were ashamed to see so many beggars.
In 1829, taxes were imposed on meats. The tax
was used to support a hospital. But it was
overcrowded and dirty. Patients got worse there.
The tax was stopped and little money was used to
run the place.
In the 19th century, some businessman set up
Thong Chai Medical Institution for the poor. The
government set up a general hospital too.
in medical care and services
A medical college
Asian requested the government to build
a medical college to train local doctors.
catering to various needs was set up. New
discovery was made to cure diseases for example,
malaria and cholera.
Living condition of people
improved. Streets and drains were cleared of
rubbish. Due to that, fewer people got sick.