Singapore-Singapore has so far succeeded in preventing Covid-19 from clearing the country’s nursing homes and attacking some of the most vulnerable groups.
This is achieved through vaccination and good infection control measures.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has deployed vaccinations to more than 90% of qualified nursing home residents and senior care center clients, and more than 10,000 home care clients.
But health minister On Ye Kung said yesterday that the sector needs to be prepared for the next wave of infections, new variants of concern, and even new pandemics.
He spoke at the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)’s annual Community Care Work Plan Seminar, a hybrid event in Pan Pacific Singapore.
AIC was established by the government to coordinate elderly care services.
In the short term, Singapore will probably anticipate a new wave of infections next month or August, but these infections are far less than the number of people who are seriously ill and need to be hospitalized, On said. I am saying.
All medical environments must be compatible with Covid-19.
During the recent waves of Omicron, Nursing Homes worked vigorously with AIC to care for infected residents under the Care @ NH Initiative.
Since February, more than 4,700 infected nursing home residents have been cared for in the field.
“Imagine if they were all being transferred to the hospital, which would have overwhelmed our system,” said Mr. On.
Currently, over 80% of nursing homes, including two hospitalized hospice, are under the Care @ NH program.
“MOH wants to work with the rest of the house to make sure everything is ready by the time the next wave arrives.
“For residents at high risk or in more complex conditions, they are still guaranteed to be transferred to an acute hospital.”