Sin­ga­pore seeks pub­lic feed­back to pre­vent in­fec­tious diseases

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

To bet­ter pre­vent the spread of new in­fec­tious diseases, the Min­istry of Health (MOH), Sin­ga­pore has pro­posed mea­sures, in­clud­ing stream­lined no­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dures and stop­ping high-risk in­di­vid­u­als from leav­ing the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry, such pro­posed changes to the In­fec­tious Diseases Act will en­sure that Sin­ga­pore’s abil­ity to pre­vent and con­trol in­fec­tious diseases re­mains rel­e­vant and up to date. The min­istry is ask­ing for feed­back on th­ese pro­pos­als through a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion from June 27 to Au­gust 7 this year. Also, the Act will be amended to al­low the min­istry dis­cre­tionary pow­ers to re­turn non-cit­i­zens who are not vac­ci­nated to their places of em­barka­tion with­out first of­fer­ing them vac­ci­na­tion, iso­la­tion or surveil­lance, said MOH, adding this is in line with in­ter­na­tional prac­tice. The Act now re­quires peo­ple en­ter­ing Sin­ga­pore to be vac­ci­nated only against yel­low fever; un­vac­ci­nated trav­ellers may be sub­jected to vac­ci­na­tion, iso­la­tion or surveil­lance in Sin­ga­pore, and those who refuse to com­ply may be re­turned to his place of em­barka­tion.

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