Singapore 

Chas subsidies for about 7,700 people miscalculated due to IT error: MOH, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – About 7,700 people who applied for and renewed their Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) cards in September and October last year received inaccurate healthcare subsidies due to a computer system error. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 16) that the computer system, administered by NCS, had miscalculated the means-test results of these 7,700 individuals. This figure makes up about 17 per cent of people who made applications and renewals from Sept 18 to Oct 10 last year. The bungle was due to…

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HIV data leak: MOH aware only in 2016 that Mikhy Farrera Brochez had access to data, says Gan Kim Yong, Singapore News

While he first informed the authorities in 2012 that his partner had disclosed information about his HIV status to others and shared screenshots of this, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the American at the centre of the leak of Singapore’s HIV Registry, was uncooperative and did not provide any evidence. The investigation hence did not make much headway, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12). Mr Gan was responding to questions from MPs about whether the Ministry of Health (MOH) had known about Brochez’s possible access to…

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MOH, AVA investigating after 14 children fall ill following lunch at Toa Payoh Sparkletots, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Friday (Feb 1) lunch at a Toa Payoh pre-school left 14 children vomiting and having diarrhoea. On Sunday, a spokesman from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said the AVA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the pre-school. The spokesman added that as of Saturday, 14 of the cases were reported to have developed symptoms of gastroenteritis. A spokesman for the PAP Community Foundation (PCF), which manages the Sparkletots pre-school at Toa Payoh West, said that about 40…

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MOH wants public consultation on whether Singapore should ban or tax high-sugar drinks, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – Singapore may well become the first country in the world to ban the sale of packaged drinks with high sugar content. This is one of the moves the Ministry of Health (MOH) is contemplating in its efforts to cut the high sugar intake of people here, as it is a major factor for obesity and diabetes. The MOH and the Health Promotion Board are asking people for their views on four measures to cut sugar intake from drinks, which include 3-in-1 mixes, cordials, yogurt drinks, fruit juices and…

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