SINGAPORE – To scale up routine Covid-19 swab testing for migrant employees, extra in-dormitory testing amenities and Regional Screening Centres can be arrange by the top of the 12 months.
There are at the moment 24 rostered routine testing (RRT) amenities in dormitories, with 9 extra to be arrange by the top of this month, mentioned the Ministry of Manpower and the Well being Promotion Board (HPB) in a joint assertion on Thursday (Oct 8).
The rise in rostered routine testing amenities will profit over 35,000 migrant employees.
Talking on the Regional Screening Centre situated on the Cochrane Recreation Centre on Thursday, director (medical) of MOM’s Assurance, Care, Engagement Group Lam Meng Chon mentioned the 33 dormitories have been picked primarily based on the massive variety of employees residing there.
“These are locations which have a important mass of migrant employees. Stationing in-dorm RRT stations inside (these) dorms encourages comfort and economics of scale,” he mentioned.
Dr Lam famous that as of yesterday, about 2,400 employees have nonetheless not been cleared to renew work as they’d not accomplished their rostered routine testing. That is down from 5,700 such employees on Sept 18.
“We’ll proceed to work with employers to discover methods to assist them register their workers for RRT,” he mentioned.
These engaged on shifts at the moment have entry to swab testing at evening at amenities in Acacia Lodge in Bukit Batok, Cassia @ Penjuru, Central Workers Flats in Boundary Shut, and Westlite Mandai in Mandai Property.
Employers can schedule their employees’ routine testing appointments at their dormitories, or at 14 of the 20 Regional Screening Centres islandwide.
The HPB is planning to have 25 to 30 screening centres by the top of the 12 months. Two-thirds of those websites can be conducting rostered routine testing.
At present, all migrant employees staying in dormitories, besides Toh Guan Dormitory, must bear such testing each two weeks, as part of a multi-layered strategy to prevent and detect new infections earlier.
These in Toh Guan Dormitory are presently being tested every week as part of a trial to enhance testing efforts.
Within the screening centres and in-dorm amenities, over 2,600 swab testing employees are on the bottom daily, to conduct swabbing and guarantee security measures are adopted.
At present, the 14 screening centres are conducting rostered routine testing for migrant employees residing in dorms, and employees from the development, marine and course of sectors.
These centres are in locations reminiscent of The Float @ Marina Bay, the Outdated Police Academy and Singapore Turf Membership.
By the web Swab Registration System, employers can choose their most well-liked swab places and testing dates to schedule their employees for testing at both the in-dorm amenities or the screening centres.
As soon as employees attend their first routine testing appointment, the system will mechanically schedule them for the following appointments.
Since its roll out in August, the Swab Registration System has seen steady enhancements to ease navigation and supply helplines for employers.
Ms Lucy Tan, chief human useful resource officer of NatSteel, which has about 440 employees that must bear rostered routine testing, mentioned employers would beforehand need to rush to e book slots for his or her employees.
Nevertheless, the brand new computerized scheduling system removes the necessity for this and has made the method extra handy.
Ms Tan added that having in-dorm swab centres helps cut back disruptions to operations.
“When (the employees) are at numerous check centres, we don’t know what time they’ll full (testing), and manufacturing has to cease as a result of now we have employees throughout. So we will’t even operate,” she defined.
However having rostered routine testing amenities throughout the dorms permits her firm to organise the employee’s schedules in a scientific method.
MOM and HPB reiterated that rostered routine testing is a important a part of early detection of Covid-19, and to comprise its unfold.
“Staff and employers are reminded to make sure that those that are required to bear RRT proceed to take action, with a purpose to safeguard their well being and that of the broader group,” they added.
“It’s only via our collective effort that we will stop, arrest and comprise the chance of Covid-19 transmissions and infections.”