Home recovery scheme for COVID-19 patients to be expanded; parents can bring children home in some cases

10/9/2021 11:07:00 AM

Parents encouraged to bring infected children home if they are five or older, with no underlying illness as part of #COVID19 home recovery programme: MOH

Parents encouraged to bring infected children home if they are five or older, with no underlying illness as part of COVID19 home recovery programme: MOH

SINGAPORE: Singapore will expand the home recovery scheme for fully vaccinated people from next Wednesday (Sep 15), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday. The scheme will be extended progressively to people up to 50 years old who have no significant co-morbidities or underlying illnesses, s

LinkedIn SINGAPORE: Singapore will expand the home recovery scheme for fully vaccinated people from next Wednesday (Sep 15), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday..This came after Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad said on Monday that the Singapore Government will contribute 100,640 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Johor state government.8 September 2021, 5:47 pm · 1-min read 3D rendering of COVID-19.

The scheme will be extended progressively to people up to 50 years old who have no significant co-morbidities or underlying illnesses, said MOH."This is because these individuals are generally well with no or mild symptoms and are able to self-care at home.Once notified of their COVID-19 positive results, these individuals should immediately self-isolate at home," the ministry said.“In the meantime, our neighbours in the region are in need of vaccines as they are ramping up their national exercises, whereas our demand for (the) vaccine booster programme will pick up only early next year,” said the spokesperson.Singapore has been"careful" and admitting children to hospitals to provide them with dedicated medical care, said MOH.It will now allow and encourage parents to bring their infected children home, if they are at least five years old and do not have co-morbidities or underlying illnesses.MOH said it is closely tracking the number of cases hospitalised with severe illness, and in the intensive care unit, to ensure that Singapore’s hospital capacity is not overwhelmed.

The ministry said that there have been requests from parents to bring their infected children home as they are often well with no symptoms, and parents prefer to be able to take care of them at home.The specific details of the donation are still being discussed with the relevant parties, including the pharmaceutical companies."For these children, they will first be assessed by the hospital to be clinically fit for home recovery, before sending them back home for their recovery journey," added the ministry.Singapore has seen increasing numbers of COVID-19 community cases in recent weeks.ENCOURAGING RESULTS FROM PILOT The expansion of the home recovery scheme comes after there were"encouraging" results from a pilot - started on Aug 30 - that enrolled 21 people."Nine individuals have since been discharged as of Sep 9, and the rest remain clinically well," said MOH.

People on home recovery need a suitable home setting where they can be isolated from the rest of their household.Their household members must also be fully vaccinated and not belong to any vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or immunocompromised.They will be given care packs to monitor their symptoms and have access to 24/7 telemedicine support if they require any medical assistance.MOH also announced that the length of isolation for fully vaccinated COVID-19 cases has been shortened."There is also evidence that vaccinated COVID-19 cases recover faster than unvaccinated cases," it added.

Full vaccinated COVID-19 cases may be discharged as early as seven days into their illness if they have undetectable or very low viral loads, showing that they are non-infectious.Unvaccinated persons will continue to be discharged from 14 days into their illness..

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