Additional waves of the lethal COVID-19 are doable so long as a vaccine stays out of attain, Singapore’s Well being Minister Gan Kim Yong warned on Tuesday, because the city-state recorded 31 new coronavirus circumstances, its lowest single-day determine since March.
He, nonetheless, assured that the Ministry of Well being (MOH) will ensure Singapore has the sources to take care of all COVID-19 sufferers and help all healthcare establishments concerned within the struggle.
Singapore will even work with its worldwide companions to share info on circumstances and stays “actively concerned” in creating vaccines and coverings for the virus, Gan mentioned.
Digitalisation initiatives to do with telehealth and distant working for workers will likely be accelerated, with MOH additionally engaged on plans to enhance profession improvement and welfare within the sector.
It would additionally press on with long-term plans to broaden healthcare capability, hold medical prices reasonably priced, and assist Singaporeans keep wholesome, reported The Straits Occasions, citing Minister Gan’s elaborating Ministry of Well being’s addendum to the President’s Handle.
“Whereas COVID-19 has pushed again the completion timelines for among the upcoming new services, we are going to proceed to broaden our healthcare capability, resembling by constructing a brand new hospital within the east and new polyclinics throughout Singapore by 2030,” Gan mentioned.
Work ongoing on schemes to maintain healthcare prices reasonably priced
As an illustration, advantages and premiums underneath the nationwide medical insurance scheme, MediShield Life, are underneath overview to make sure that Singaporeans are adequately protected in opposition to giant medical payments.
Healthcare subsidy frameworks are additionally being reviewed, the Minister mentioned.
Because the pandemic rages on, Singapore will work to make sure it has the sources to deal with coronavirus sufferers and cope with sudden surges in case numbers, Gan assured.
The well being ministry will proceed to take care of “enough quarantine and neighborhood isolation capability” in case of a surge.
It would additionally faucet knowledge and know-how to enhance the nation’s capacity to reply shortly to evolving conditions and include outbreaks, he added.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced an unprecedented problem for our healthcare system,” mentioned Gan.
“We’re dedicated to persevering with our struggle in opposition to COVID-19, whereas additionally persevering with to remodel and strengthen our well being techniques in a sustainable means for the long run.
Up to now, Singapore has reported 56,435 circumstances because the illness monitoring started right here in January 2020.
A overwhelming majority of the circumstances are overseas staff from India, Bangladesh and China.
As of Monday, 54,587 coronavirus sufferers have totally recovered from the an infection whereas 27 individuals have died associated to the illness.
Singapore has additionally recorded 860 imported circumstances since its borders had been re-opened in March.
These are principally Singapore residents, everlasting residents and foreigners holding passes to work right here who’re placed on 14-day keep house discover.