Singapore’s medical supplies are running dangerously low, with the Ministry of Health declaring that they have only given 2 weeks’ supply of masks, gowns and gloves for General Practitioner (GP) clinics:
“More than 95 per cent of general practitioner (GP) clinics in Singapore have been given two week’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns and gloves. The distribution began last Saturday (Feb 15) and arrangements had been made to resupply GPs after this round of distribution.”
The MOH did not explain why only 2 weeks of supply was given when confirmed cases are accelerating by the days. It is most unlikely the Wuhan virus outbreak will be contained in 2 weeks either.
There is also no plan announced for the next supply. MOH also refused to declare how much supply they have at hand or how long can the existing stock can last.
While the bigger GP clinics like Parkway Shenton have their own reserves, most independent and small clinics do not stock up on such medical supplies.
Northeast Medical Group declared that its nine clinics were facing “acute shortage” last week, and they now have enough from the government to last for another two weeks.