“The healthcare system and healthcare staff have been under significant strain after over 20 months of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” MOH mentioned.
“While using the transmission wave is a vital course of to residing with COVID-19, the excessive variety of circumstances has resulted in robust demand for healthcare providers and really excessive workload in the general public hospitals, together with the intensive care items and emergency departments,” it added.
“As various sectors begin to resume their full operations and with society progressively restarting more activities, the healthcare sector continues to face intense pressure as the last line of defence.”
Singapore introduced its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Jan 23 final yr.
Most healthcare workers haven’t taken depart in the course of the pandemic, mentioned Mr Ong final month, including that the Health Ministry has began to roster them for depart in the direction of the tip of the yr.
Being allowed to go on depart will “provide much-needed relief” to healthcare workers, he mentioned.
The ministry had final month lifted the suspension on abroad depart for healthcare workers.
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