Tag: Ministry of Health

MOH and MSF vow to take “immediate action” post Auditor-General’s report on disbursement of grants

Singapore— Two ministries mentioned by the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) in its latest annual audit report have vowed to take immediate action to address issues raised in the report concerning insufficient checks for the disbursement of grants. Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported that the Ministry of Health...

More Singaporeans in favour of banning high-sugar drinks than implementing a sugar tax

Singapore — A recent survey showed that more Singaporeans would support measures banning drinks that are high in sugar rather than implementing a sugar tax. A YouGov omnibus survey whose results were released on July 12, Friday, showed almost 60 percent of respondents saying that...

CPF Board & MOH refuse husband’s request to use CPF funds for cancer-stricken wife, say: We have done all we can to extend support

The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board and Ministry of Health (MOH) have issued a joint statement with regards to a husband’s request to use his CPF savings for his wife's cancer treatment. The couple, 47 year-old Sarojini Jayapal and 47 year-old Suriia Das have depleted...

Government boosts support to caregivers of elderly through financial assistance

The government plans to boost its support to caregivers of elders through giving of financial assistance and improving of respite care, according to the Senior Minister of State for Health Edwin Tong. This is part of the Ministry of Health’s review of support for caregivers...

Will MOH’s healthcare fee benchmarks prevent skyrocketing costs?

The Ministry of Health (MOH) published benchmarks in November for professional fees for more than 200 common surgical procedures performed in the private sector, hoping that setting these costs would prevent private sector physicians from overcharging third parties, like insurers, or even patients themselves. Moreover,...

NEA reveals salmonella as the culprit behind recent Spize Restaurant gastroenteritis outbreak and shuts down outlet for good

On December 7, authorities from the National Environment Agency (NEA) revealed the culprit behind Spize Restaurant River Valley outlet's massive gastroenteritis outbreak that killed one and affected more than 80 people - the big bad bacteria known as salmonella. After joint investigations with the...

Big food companies vs. the Ministry of Health–Is banning sugary drinks a step in the right direction?

Food Industry Asia (FIA), an industry group made of food companies such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Nestle, is questioning the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) proposal of banning sugary drinks and imposing a tax on importers and manufacturers, citing scientific research that say a ‘sugar...

Sats officer dead and 72 others ill with food poisoning after eating at Spize Restaurant

When Brink’s Singapore, a security company located at Kaki Bukit, planned a Deepavali celebration for their employees, they did not know that they were about to fall victim to a massive outbreak of gastroenteritis. Out of the 72 people affected, 46 had to be hospitalised...

All tobacco products soon required to have health warnings and standardised packaging, said MOH, but more needs to be done to reduce smoking

On Wednesday, October 31, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that all tobacco products will soon be required to assign 75 percent of box or packaging space to graphic health warnings and to have standardised, plain packaging. Health professionals agree that this is a...

Malaysia calls gays, tomboys a ‘disorder’

Malaysia is attempting to subdue the rise in the number of homosexuality, tomboys and transgenderism in the country by organising a video contest. The contest will offer prizes for videos on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgenderism, reported the dw.com website. Homosexuality is banned in the...