70 SAF medical, nursing, administrative staff to help at Covid-19 community treatment facilities

20-Oct-2021 Intellasia | Straitstimes | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will send 70 of its medical, nursing and administrative personnel to help out at two Covid-19 community treatment facilities a step up in the military’s involvement in Singapore’s battle against the coronavirus.

“This is a national effort and the SAF will do its part,” Defence minister Ng Eng Hen wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (October 19). He said the SAF personnel will work with Woodlands Health and Tan Tock Seng Hospital staff in the coming months.

This should allow the two Covid-19 treatment facilities which he did not specify to take in more infected patients who do not need hospital care, easing the strain on hospitals, which have seen a surge in Covid-19 patients as Singapore seeks to live with the virus.

Community treatment facilities are a relatively new option for Covid-19 patients here and typically cater to elderly ones who are generally well but have underlying illnesses.

The first was set up in Tampines last month and four more have been set up elsewhere since then. They had a total of about 1,200 beds as at last week and this figure should reach 3,700 by the end of the month, according to the Ministry of Health.

The SAF has been assisting with other Covid-19 schemes, including mobile vaccination visits to households and the home recovery programme, which had some teething issues but has become the default care arrangement for most people.

Dr Ng said: “(Healthcare workers) are our heroes and heroines, but the rapid rise in cases has taken a toll on their mental and even physical well-being. They now need our support and help.”



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