Ang Mo Kio Community Care Center ‘Bare and Dirty Rooms’ Were Solved Weeks Ago: MOH and MOM, Singapore News
A Facebook post published on Saturday October 2 highlighted the living conditions – with “bare and dirty” rooms – of a community care facility on the former site of the Institute for Technical Education (ITE) in Ang Mo Kio.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a joint media response that they inspected and fixed this problem “several weeks ago”, but that ‘they would continue to work with the management officer of the establishment to “continually improve living conditions”.
The detailed post from Facebook user Min Chan, who gathered more than 200 shares, included four videos that revealed “dire conditions” for those who test positive for Covid-19 and live in this quarantine facility.
She shared that her friend, who has lived and worked in Singapore for over eight years on a work permit, caught Covid-19 from her Singaporean owner. Although he was fully vaccinated with mild symptoms, he was ordered to be quarantined at the facility.
Upon arrival, the friend was greeted with hair on his bed and used headphones in his bedroom. Personal tables, chairs and lamps were not provided, the post added.
In the video, the dorms can be seen without doors, meaning that during a thunderstorm, rain can easily enter the room, she said – leaving occupants to shake without blankets provided.
“He hasn’t met a single Singaporean or PE holder at the ITE facility,” said Min Chan, “his roommates are all from India or China, with work permits.”
Response from MOH and MOM
In a recent inspection of the facility, the two ministries, in a joint media response, said rooms were generally clean and basic amenities such as clean sheets and blankets were provided to each isolated occupant. .
The departments added, “The ground operations team is looking at some of the issues and has taken immediate action to resolve them.
These include improving infrastructure to prevent splashing rainwater during heavy downpours, purchasing more fans, and installing more container toilets. “
On October 2, MOM said Covid-19 measures would be changed for migrant workers living in dormitories, focusing on those with symptoms and in need of medical attention.
Other changes include using more Covid-19 tests that are faster and less intrusive, better contact tracing, and allowing Covid-19 positive workers – those vaccinated and asymptomatic – to recover in their dormitory facilities.
According to MOM, these new measures follow existing guidelines from the Ministry of Health for the public and also aim to reduce disruption to the work and lives of migrant workers.
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