Singapore seeks public feedback to prevent infectious diseases
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.