In a Facebook post by Defence Minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen, he shared that the Singapore Army will be reinforcing the Ministry of Health (MOH) with about 100 soldiers to support the nation’s fight against the Omicron wave.
These soldiers will be sent to provide support in the National Call Centre, where they will be answering to public queries, providing information for guidance and give assurance to patients who have tested positive in the weeks to come.
Here is the post by the Minister
“The Singapore Army is deploying about 100 soldiers to assist the Ministry of Health, Singapore to deal with the surge of Omicron cases.
They will beef up the national call centre to provide guidance, answer queries and reassure COVID-19 patients in the weeks ahead.”
Urges public to see doctor only if their symptoms are life threatening
MOH on Sunday had reported that the emergency departments in the hospitals are seeing patients in the masses which resulted in longer lines and waiting time to see a doctor.
They added that most of the patients who came to consult a doctor did not have severe symptoms which needed emergency care and that the time spent on seeing such patients would result in those really needing the doctor’s attention to get lesser attention on their conditions.
It advised the public to only go to the hospitals if they need emergency treatment for life threatening or serious conditions such as shortness of breath, chest pains and uncontrollable breathing.Ng
With this, patients who really are in need for a doctor for their life threatening symptoms can be attended to quickly and there will be more bed space in hospitals for those who really need them.
Situation report on Thursday
On Thursday, Singapore reported 10,686 new cases with one fatality and these brought the total toll in Singapore to 439,640 cases and 882 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Image source: Ng Eng Hen/Facebook