Amsterdam the Netherlands, Singapore – In advance of World Sleep Day on Friday, March 16, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the opening of Southeast Asia’s first Sleep and Respiratory Education Center at its regional headquarters, the Philips APAC Center in Singapore. A recent study revealed that one in three Singaporeans suffers from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) , with most of the cases identified being previously undiagnosed and untreated. In the new facility, Philips will work with international sleep and respiratory physicians and partners such as Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), the largest healthcare group in Singapore, to train healthcare professionals from across the region to better diagnose and treat sleep disorders.
“OSA is caused by the repeated collapse of a sufferer’s airway, leading to low oxygen levels and disrupted sleep. It can cause daytime tiredness, poor work and school performance and more serious heart problems,” said Dr. Mok Yingjuan, Director, Public Education and Epidemiology, SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Center, and Consultant, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Changi General Hospital. “Unfortunately, many cases of OSA in Singapore remain undiagnosed. The clinical education programs conducted at Philips’ Sleep and Respiratory Education Center aim to train more local healthcare professionals, enabling them to interpret data from home sleep tests and in-laboratory sleep studies so that people are guided towards effective treatment of their condition.”