COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) for the past six months, how many patients or residents contracted COVID-19 infections from within residential healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes; and (b) whether the Ministry is satisfied with the effectiveness of the current COVID-19 measures implemented at these facilities. The Senior Minister of StateContinue reading “COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES”

LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF COVID-19 VACCINES ON CHILDREN AND REMOVAL OF VACCINE-DIFFERENTIATED MEASURES IN MEDICAL FACILITIES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health whether resource constraints at our medical facilities and hospitals remain a binding constraint on (i) the full removal of vaccine-differentiated measures (VDMs) and (ii) the consideration to make such VDMs illegal. Mr Ong Ye Kung: These questions have been addressed in my reply to Question Nos 1 andContinue reading “LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF COVID-19 VACCINES ON CHILDREN AND REMOVAL OF VACCINE-DIFFERENTIATED MEASURES IN MEDICAL FACILITIES”

UPDATE ON COVID-19 SITUATION AND MEASURES GIVEN EMERGENCE OF NEW OMICRON SUB-VARIANTS AND OTHER VARIANTS

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Health (a) what is the number of foreign patient arrivals in Singapore in (i) 2022 year-to-date and (ii) each of the last five years; (b) what are the current utilisation rates of existing capacity by foreign patients in private and public hospitals respectively; and (c) what is theContinue reading “UPDATE ON COVID-19 SITUATION AND MEASURES GIVEN EMERGENCE OF NEW OMICRON SUB-VARIANTS AND OTHER VARIANTS”

JUSTIFICATION FOR PROVISION OF ALLOWANCE FOR CASES UNDER QUARANTINE ORDER BUT NOT FOR ISOLATION ORDER

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health what is the justification for an allowance to be provided under a Quarantine Order (QO), but not under an Isolation Order (IO), which requires comparable stoppage of work. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Quarantine Orders are issued to a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person to ringfence the spreadContinue reading “JUSTIFICATION FOR PROVISION OF ALLOWANCE FOR CASES UNDER QUARANTINE ORDER BUT NOT FOR ISOLATION ORDER”

EXEMPTION FROM VACCINATIONS FOR MEDICAL REASONS IN COVID-19 VACCINATION FORM

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health whether the existing form on Request to be Exempted from COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement has, inadvertently, precluded the possibility of doctors issuing a blanket exemption from vaccinations for medical reasons.   Mr Ong Ye Kung: Persons who submit the form for “Request to be Exempted from COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements” willContinue reading “EXEMPTION FROM VACCINATIONS FOR MEDICAL REASONS IN COVID-19 VACCINATION FORM”

GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON SUBSIDISING COVID-19 PATIENTS FOR VARIOUS TREATMENTS SINCE START OF PANDEMIC

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Health since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (a) how much has been spent on subsidising COVID-19 patients for (i) in-patient treatments and (ii) outpatient treatments; and (b) whether there are plans to cut down the number of Public Health Preparedness Clinics. Mr Ong Ye Kung: This question will beContinue reading “GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON SUBSIDISING COVID-19 PATIENTS FOR VARIOUS TREATMENTS SINCE START OF PANDEMIC”

TOTAL AMOUNT OF QUARANTINE ORDER ALLOWANCE DISTRIBUTED TO AFFECTED PERSONS SINCE 2 NOVEMBER 2021

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Health what is the total amount of Quarantine Order Allowance that has been distributed to affected persons since 2 November 2021. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Between 2 November 2021 and 30 April 2022, $19.35 million had been distributed to eligible applicants under the Quarantine Order Allowance (QOA) Scheme.  MinistryContinue reading “TOTAL AMOUNT OF QUARANTINE ORDER ALLOWANCE DISTRIBUTED TO AFFECTED PERSONS SINCE 2 NOVEMBER 2021”

FORMAT OF GOVERNMENT’S AFTER-ACTION REVIEW ON COVID-19 AND PLANS TO SHARE REVIEW FINDINGS OR RECOMMENDATIONS

14 Mr Pritam Singh asked the Prime Minister (a) what is the format of the Government’s after-action review (AAR) on COVID-19; and (b) whether it plans to share the AAR’s findings or recommendations with the public. The Minister for Finance (Mr Lawrence Wong) (for the Prime Minister): Mr Speaker, Sir, I am taking this question on behalf of theContinue reading “FORMAT OF GOVERNMENT’S AFTER-ACTION REVIEW ON COVID-19 AND PLANS TO SHARE REVIEW FINDINGS OR RECOMMENDATIONS”

EASING OF COVID-19 RULES AND IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON PATIENT TREATMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) in light of the easing of the COVID-19 safe management measures,whether community mask-off events such as temple dinners where food is served will be allowed; and (b) if so, under what conditions. Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health given a 7% increase in the age-standardised death rate inContinue reading “EASING OF COVID-19 RULES AND IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON PATIENT TREATMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM”

APPLICATION OF PREVIOUS BAN ON VISITORS TO PRESCHOOLS BY PARENTS AND PARENTS OF NEWLY-ENROLLED CHILDREN

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Social and Family Development whether the previous ban on visitors to preschools, including parents and parents of newly-enrolled children, still applies. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social and Family Development (Mr Eric Chua) (for the Minister for Social and Family Development): Mr Speaker, in line with changes inContinue reading “APPLICATION OF PREVIOUS BAN ON VISITORS TO PRESCHOOLS BY PARENTS AND PARENTS OF NEWLY-ENROLLED CHILDREN”