1. In view of the community spread of the H1N1 virus in Singapore and confirmed cases among Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel, the SAF is putting in place additional measures which have been planned for against the H1N1 virus. These measures will ensure that the SAF maintains its operational readiness, our servicemen will be protected against the H1N1 virus, and the training of our servicemen will continue.
SAF STEPS UP MEASURES AGAINST H1N1 VIRUS
2. Measures that will be taken SAF-wide to detect cases early include active surveillance for flu-like illness as well as implementing daily temperature monitoring regime and self declaration by SAF personnel if they feel unwell. All SAF medical centres are H1N1-ready based on the criteria established by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The SAF medical centres are also stocked with the Tamiflu prophylaxis to treat infected personnel. In addition, these centres are equipped with rapid test kits to diagnose H1N1 cases.
3. Servicemen who are confirmed to be infected with the H1N1 virus will be referred to public hospitals for treatment. Personnel who have been in close contact with infected servicemen will be issued with a Home Quarantine Order in accordance to MOH policies. They will monitor their temperature twice daily and provide daily updates on their condition to their units. This is in line with existing MOH guidelines.
4. To prevent the further spread of the virus, units with infected servicemen will be physically separated from the other units in the same camp. The premises of the infected units will also be disinfected. Additional measures which will be taken include systematically screening for the H1N1 virus in all personnel exposed and nasal swabs for virus-testing, and prescription of the Tamiflu prophylaxis.
5. The SAF will continue to monitor the situation and emphasise the importance of social responsibility, vigilance and personal hygiene to all its personnel.