In-person visits to hospitals, residential care homes suspended till April 3


SINGAPORE – The suspension of in-person visits to all hospital wards and residential care homes shall be prolonged a second time till April 3 this yr, stated the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (March 18).

The ministry had earlier introduced that the suspension would finish this Sunday, however has opted to prolong the suspension by one other two weeks.

This, MOH stated, was to “relieve pressure on our hospital staff, and our nursing home staff who are caring for Covid-positive residents on-site”.

The assertion provides that whereas the day by day variety of native Covid-19 circumstances has decreased progressively over the previous week, hospitals proceed to face a excessive quantity of sufferers, and healthcare staff are nonetheless below a big quantity of stress.

Last Friday (March 11), there have been 15,345 new Covid-19 circumstances and the seven-day common was 16,245. The variety of circumstances fell below 10,000 on Sunday and Monday, and the seven-day transferring common fell to 12,080 as at Thursday (March 17).

In a Facebook put up on Friday night, well being minister Ong Ye Kung stated that there was a gradual lower within the quantity hospitalised due to Covid-19 however that hospitals have been nonetheless very busy and below stress due to the big variety of non-Covid-19 associated emergency division admissions.

Mr Ong stated: “These are largely sufferers with power illnesses, which have worsened during the last two years because the healthcare system was so preoccupied with combating Covid-19.

“Many of these patients are admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, and not because of Covid-19.”

The ministry had first introduced a four-week suspension of visits from Jan 24 this yr as a precautionary measure in opposition to the Omicron wave.

The suspension was due to finish on Feb 20 and was prolonged by one other month till this Sunday.

Hospitals and homes will nonetheless have the discretion to enable visits for distinctive circumstances, stated MOH.

These embody sufferers or residents who’re critically sick, paediatric sufferers, birthing or post-partum moms, or sufferers who would possibly require extra help from caregivers equivalent to sufferers who’ve psychological incapacities or members of the family who’re present process caregiver coaching to higher care for his or her family members after hospital discharge.

Those who’re permitted to go to sufferers and residents in hospitals and homes on an distinctive foundation will want to produce a sound detrimental antigen speedy check (ART) end result obtained inside 24 hours of the go to.

The ministry stated that different strategies of communication equivalent to phone and video calls will proceed to be supported throughout the prolonged interval of suspension.

“We seek the understanding and cooperation of patients/residents, and their family members and loved ones. MOH will review and calibrate these measures as the situation evolves,” stated the ministry.

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