Photo of Gan Kim Yong from The Straits Times

Speaking in Parliament for the first about the Zika epidemic, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that the virus is “likely to be a long one” in Singapore. Minister Gan Kim Yong who admitted that he doesn’t know what the long-term trend will be because it is “still early days”.

In her usual clueless school girl fashion, PAP MP Tin Pei Ling asked if there are any “useful lessons” to be learnt from the outbreak. The seasoned politician Health Minister took the opportunity to boast that “there are three useful lessons”:

“First, it is important to be transparent and timely in sharing accurate information. This is why we released regular updates on Zika… This also prevents rumours and untruths from spreading, and creating confusion and suspicion.

While the combined effort from government agencies, including the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Manpower Ministry, along with healthcare professionals, meant that Singapore was able to respond speedily, a whole-of-government approach is still not enough. We need a whole-of-society approach.

Another front in the fight against Zika is research.”

However, in the first point, the Singapore Health Ministry was exposed to have covered up earlier cases of Zika infections. You may view this article for the evidence of the cover up. Currently, the Health Ministry is also covering up location sources of Zika victims and refusing to add clusters to the existing 7.

Although the Health Minister claimed that research on the Zika virus has progressed, there is still no progress on treatment and detection of the deadly virus.