TTSH healthcare workers shunned by landlords a concern: MOH's Kenneth Mak

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Zhangxin Zheng | May 05, 2021, 03:09 PM

Don't shun Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) employees during this pandemic, Ministry of Health (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak urged Singapore residents on Tuesday, May 4, at the virtual multi-ministry task force press conference.

He said the ministry is concerned over reports of healthcare workers being told they are not welcome by landlords.

MOH is working with hotel groups to render support to staff who require support for accommodation as they are working extra hours to help control the outbreak.

Some healthcare workers have also requested to stay away from the rest of the family members during this period.

This is not because they pose an increased risk to their loved ones, but are acting out of "an abundance of caution" to give their family members some peace of mind, Mak said.

"These workers are well, and they have committed a lot of time and energy towards looking after patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital at this stage. So we endeavour also to support them, making sure they have support and accommodation through this difficult time when they are being called up to do much more than what they'd normally be expected to," Mak told the press.

Mak said he hopes Singaporeans can come together to support healthcare workers at the frontline, just like last year.

On May 4, the cluster at TTSH grew to 40 cases, making it the largest and most active cluster here.

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