As a parent, you always hope for the best for your children’s futures, but you also assume that you’ll be around for most of it. But for Doctor Agnes Koong, a relapse in leukaemia this year meant she had to think ahead to the years she wouldn’t be around for her son and daughters.
A SingHealth Polyclinics director who helped to launch the government healthcare system’s first 24-hour prescription collection service, Koong died of leukaemia recently at the age of 44. She was the director of Marine Parade Polyclinic in 2016, where she oversaw the launch of Prescription in a Locker Box, also known as Pilbox. The service was set up so that patients, especially the elderly, who required urgent medication could pick up their drugs after hours. Koong later took up the position of Director, Community Health, at SingHealth Polyclinics.