According to an article that was seen on Stomp, an apology was issued by SingHealth to a man whose children suffered bed bug bites after sitting on a bench at Outram Community Hospital.
The Stomper, going by the alias of Anonymous, shared that the incident happened around 1pm last Monday (26 Dec 2022).
Video showed closed up image of bed bugs
A video was also shared by the stomper which showed close up footage of the bed bugs and an audio in the video can be heard saying
“Just to show that it’s real bedbugs. You see, you see. Oh my god, it’s moving, it’s moving.”
Another voice heard in the video also said
“Oh my god… Watching this I feel so itchy leh.”
Bedbugs were found lodged in the gaps on the bench
According to the Stomper’s statement to Stomp, it was mentioned that the bedbugs were found in between the gaps on the bench and they discovered it after his children suffered the bites.
The Stomper also informed the nurses on duty and was informed that they had already known about the bed bugs and yet nothing was done to warn the public.
Reported matter to Singhealth
The Stomper then decided to bring up the issue with Singhealth, saying that he had brought the matter up not for fame or to embarrass anyone, but instead it is because he was afraid that others would carry these bed bugs home.
He also said that as he had heard that this issue with the bed bugs are not new, it was possible that the management at Outram Community Hospital might have other important issues that they had to see to.
Singhealth apologised via Stomp query
According to the article, Singhealth’s director of group operations, Mr Dexter Chia apologised for the Stomper’s encounter with bed bugs and thanked him for highlighting the issue.
Mr Chia also said that regular maintenance as well as a thorough checks of all the benches at the hospital are being carried out at the moment by their pest technician and while these checks are being carried out, the hospital has also cordoned off the area of the benches and have stopped their usage temporarily.
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