Singapore Anti-Tuberculosis Association (SATA)
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The Singapore Anti-Tuberculosis Association (SATA) was registered as a limited company (under Cap. 50) on 23 August 1947. Its purposes are the detection, treatment and eradication of tuberculosis (TB), the number one killer disease in Singapore, as well as the provision of quality and affordable healthcare services, especially to the poor and disadvantaged in the community.
Started as a temporary treatment unit in a prefabricated hut next to St.Andrew's Mission Hospital Tanjong Pagar, SATA now operates 4 clinics in Chai Chee, Jurong, Kreta Ayer and Woodlands respectively.
1947 : Singapore Anti-Tuberculosis Association (SATA) founded.
1949 : Treatment Centres started functioning in a pre-fabricated hut.
1952 : Royal Singapore TB Clinic opened at Shenton Way.
1955 : Mobile Treatment services launched.
1959 : Community-wide x-ray campaigns started.
1962 : Old SATA Uttamram Clinic opened.
1993 : HIV Services introduced.
1994 : Old SATA Uttamram Clinic demolished.
1997 : New SATA Uttamram Clinic (HQ) officially opened.
2001 : New SATA Woodlands Clinic at Woodlands Civic Centre opened.
On October 23, 1902, at the International Conference on Tuberculosis in Berlin, the Lorraine cross (a red double-barred cross) was chosen and adopted by the anti-tuberculosis associations around the world as the intenational symbol of the global fight against tuberculosis.
The new SATA Uttamram Clinic is located at 351 Chai Chee Street. It also acts as the current Headquarters for SATA. Its re-opening on 6 September 1997, was graced by the 5th President of the Republic, Mr Ong Teng Cheong.The late Mr Uttamram, which the clinic was named after, was once the Vice-Patron of SATA. He gave a piece of land to SATA in 1954, which enabled SATA to expand its services to meet the needs of the residents living in and around Chai Chee and Bedok area.
SATA's latest addition is the branch located at the Woodlands Civic Centre. The Woodlands Civic Centre was officially opened by Dr. Tony Tan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and Member of Parliment for Sembawang GRC on April 28, 2001. The Woodlands clinic was officially opened on Aug 23, 2001 by Dr Wee Kim Wee.
SATA depends on public donations and does not receive government subsidies. Its current patron is Dr. Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of the Republic.
Beside tuberculosis screenings, SATA also provides health screenings, medical check-ups, vaccinations, radiology services, laboratory facilities and cardiac investigations. It offer insurance schemes for tuberculosis and heart treatments, hepatitis checks and mammograms, as well as health-screening packages to detect diseases like cancers, heart problems and the human immuno-deficiency (HIV) virus. Future services in the pipe-line includes on-line appointment booking, tele-radiology, CT scan and minor surgical procedures like bronchoscopy.
Lee Siew Yeen, 2001
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