Sub­sidised treatment for res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms

The Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE - Linette Lai

The Min­istry of Health (MOH) will be ac­ti­vat­ing a net­work of around 900 gen­eral prac­ti­tioner clin­ics to pro­vide sub­sidised treatment for people with res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms, in a bid to stem the spread of the coro­n­avirus.

Staff at these Pub­lic Health Pre­pared­ness Clin­ics (PHPCs) have been guided on the ap­pro­pri­ate care pro­to­cols ac­cord­ing to the as­sessed risk and di­ag­no­sis of each pa­tient, and will be sup­plied with per­sonal pro­tec­tion equip­ment, MOH said.

The clinic net­work, which will be pro­gres­sively ac­ti­vated from Tues­day, was last tapped to deal with haze and the H1N1 in­fluenza pan­demic.

At PHPCs and poly­clin­ics, Sin­ga­pore cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents will pay a flat sub­sidised rate of $10 for their con­sul­ta­tion and treatment of res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms such as coughs, fevers, sore throats and runny noses. Pi­o­neer Gen­er­a­tion and Merdeka Gen­er­a­tion se­niors pay $5.

“This is a step up, and it is an ad­di­tional line of de­fence we are putting in place so we can in­ter­vene early in the de­tec­tion and pick up more cases,” said Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs a multi-min­istry task force along with Health Min­is­ter Gan Kim Yong.

The Health Min­istry has also ad­vised doc­tors to give pa­tients with such symp­toms five days of sick leave.

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