Tag Archives: Outbreak

GIVE ABANG & PAKCIK PEST CONTROL AWARD FOR FRONTLINE BATTLE AGAINST ZIKA OUTBREAK

Everybody now like panic abt Zika..everyone talking about it. Politicians doing very little about it apart from talk n talk. Actually ppl who shud b awarded are the pest control workers. How many abang-abang and pakcik-pakcik activated n on the ground now to fight the mosquitoes. Everyone running away from mosquitoes but they put themselves at the frontline to keep others safe. Nobody appreciate their work and treat them like nothing yet they are the brave ones exposing themselves to the mosquitoes.

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I LIVE IN ZIKA HOTSPOT ALJUNIED, MY PREGNANT WIFE IS TERRIFIED FOR OUR BABY’S LIFE

Aljunied Crescent is now the hotspot for zika virus after the MOH's slow handling of the initial outbreak. If MOH gave us early notice, we would have taken measures to protects ourselves more. I live in Sims Drive and my pregnant wife is living in fear since news of the zika outbreak was released. She is living in so much fear that just one bite from a zika infected mosquito will cause irreparable brain damage to our child. It does not help that there are so many construction sites in the area. All these constructions sites are prime locations for mosquitoes to breed due to the lack of cleaning up by the workers.

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SDP: GOVT MUST STOP EXCUSES & GIVE S’POREANS TIMELY INFORMATION ON ZIKA OUTBREAK

The attempted clarifications by Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong and other Ministry of Health (MOH) officials about the outbreak of the 41 Zika cases in Singapore raise fresh concerns. The first case was detected on 31 July 2016. MOH had preliminary results before this was confirmed on 27 August 2016 but decided not to inform the public because it did not want to “create a false alarm”.

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PAP’S CHEE HONG TAT: NO ATTEMPTS BY MOH TO COVER UP ZIKA CASES

Some people have been wondering why the number of locally transmitted #Zika cases increased from 1 case on 27 Aug to 41 cases on 28 Aug. A few even asked if there had been attempts to cover up these cases. This is certainly not true. My colleagues in Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency - NEA have been working hard over the past few days to provide timely updates on the latest developments and to coordinate with residents, community leaders and healthcare professionals on the follow-up actions.

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4 MOH DIRECTORS & 12 SGH STAFF PUNISHED SEVERELY FOR HEP C OUTBREAK

In updates given on Thursday afternoon (17 March 2016), the Ministry of Health and Singapore General Hospital announced disciplinary action taken against 4 MOH and 12 SGH officials for falling short in last year's Hepatitis C outbreak. The outbreak affected 25 renal patients resulting in 8 deaths. MOH and SGH declined to reveal the identities of the personnel punished.

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CONJUNCTIVITIS OUTBREAK AMONG 14 NEWBORN BABIES AT KK HOSPITAL NICU

14 newborn babies in KK Women's and Children's Hospital contracted conjunctivitis (red eyes) between October to Dec 2015. Professor Ng Kee Chong, Chairman of the Hospital's Medicine Division said all babies were in the NICU for serious medical conditions. 12 NICU employees were also diagnosed with conjunctivitis and put on medical leave.

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MOH HEP C OUTBREAK REVIEW COMMITTEE: SGH STAFF ARE TO BLAME

The Independent Review Committee set up by MOH placed blame on SGH staff for the Hepatitis C virus outbreak. According to the report, SGH staff broke multiple rules of infection control. Due to the outbreak, seven patients were infected and passed away with Hepatitis C as a contributory factor. Police investigations have ruled out foul play. MOH, SGH and SingHealth will appoint a human resource panel to determine accountability for the outbreak. The panels will investigate the roles, responsibilities and actions of all key staff and determine if disciplinary action will be meted out.

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THE WORKERS’ PARTY CALLS FOR A COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY ON THE HEPATITIS C CLUSTER AT SGH

The Workers’ Party welcomes the broadening of the remit of the independent review committee to include review of MOH’s procedures and actions. Drawing the right lessons from the outbreak of the Hepatitis C virus infections at the renal ward of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) is critical for Singapore. It is tragic that four individuals may have lost their lives as a result of these infections in one of our leading healthcare institutions, and one more person may have died for reasons possibly related to the infections.

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SDP: GOVT HANDLING OF HEP C OUTBREAK SECRETIVE & NON-TRANSPARENT

The SDP sends our condolences to the bereaved families of those who died from the recent Hepatitis C outbreak at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) as well as to those who are infected by this serious viral infection. What is disturbing, however, is the non-transparent manner in which the incident was handled by the Government. Information about the outbreak apparently first emerged between April 17 and May 14 this year when the first five cases of the hepatitis C infections were reported by the SGH to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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TRAGIC HEPATITIS C-RELATED DEATHS IN SGH: A SIGN OF S’PORE OVERPOPULATION?

My greatest healthcare nightmare occurred when I read the tragic news of how eights patients died at the infamous renal ward 67 in SGH due to a hepatitis C-related incident. I am sure the hep C-related incident is just one of the many consequences of such poor infrastructure planning. Too many foreigners working on our work permit passes have brought along their wives, children, parents and parents-in-law. Sometimes, their brothers and sisters are also part of the large entourage on long-term stay.

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