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SDP’s proposed 8-point plan to exit the Covid-19 pandemic

The handling of the Covid-19 pandemic by the Government’s Multi-Ministerial Task Force has been plagued with a distinct lack of coherence and direction. This has left Singaporeans confused and frustrated.

The lack of a clear strategy in dealing with the pandemic has also left businesses unable to plan ahead. The reactive nature of the MMTF’s approach in dealing with outbreaks of infections has led to stop-start, on-again/off-again policies which had impacted adversely on both employers and employees.

In light of this, the SDP has developed an 8-point plan to exit the pandemic and get Singapore out of the current mess and into a more stable and hopeful future. The paper has been drawn up by the party’s healthcare panel which also wrote our National Healthcare Plan in 2013 which was updated more recently in 2019.

1. Stop testing asymptomatic vaccinated individuals outside of contact tracing. This will help ensure that resources are concentrated on those who need them most – the elderly and vulnerable who are actually infected.

2. Ensure that those who test positive including pregnant women and children report to the nearest Public Health Preparedness Clinic (private General Practitioners or polyclinics) who can then evaluate them and decide if they need to be hospitalised or simply monitored over the week or so as we do with other infectious diseases such as urinary tract infections or food poisoning. GPs should be appropriately compensated for the care they provide.

3. Facilitate nursing homes to keep infected patients who are stable and do not need hospitalisation in their facilities but segregate them from the rest of the residents. Have GPs check on them and decide when they need hospitalisation. This will relieve the strain on hospitals and ensure that those who need hospital care are not deprived or delayed.

4. Set up a dedicated ambulance hotline similar to what was used during SARS for those who have tested positive or are identified as contacts so they can be rapidly brought to the hospital if their pulse oximeter readings show evidence of low oxygen concentrations.

5. Publish regular reports on test positivity and all clusters (like the dengue cluster reports) as in the recent decision to publish a map of emerging cases. This will help the public to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms after visiting those areas.

6. Do away with blanket closures and restrictions. Instead, implement interventions that are targeted like with food poisoning outbreaks or hand, foot and mouth disease outbreaks in childcare centres. Shut the physical building or facility where an outbreak occurs instead of across the whole island where outbreaks have not occurred.

7. Intensify molecular epidemiology (genetic fingerprinting) process. Every public hospital and referral lab must perform this for every positive case and the information should be fed into a database modelled on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) GISAID and the information therein made publicly available. This will make the identification of large clusters reliable.

8. Conduct rapid adaptive design randomized clinical trials on all WHO-approved vaccines so they can be brought in for the trials and studied as boosters or primary doses. These vaccines should be commissioned and funded rapidly. The same should be done for other preventative agents which have shown promise in earlier randomized trials such as povidone iodine or ivermectin. This will settle once and for all in a clear scientific manner many of the questions swirling around social media on alternatives to the current vaccination strategies.

Collectively, these measures will provide society with a more reliable and predictable way of handling the pandemic. They will build confidence as we go forward in dealing with a virus that is here to stay. Singapore must deal with the pandemic in a steady and intelligent manner that brings hope and security.

*We welcome public feedback on these measures. Please provide your comments here.

*If you have a burning question that we can answer on our APA programme this Tuesday night, ask it here.

*If you have general comments or remarks, go to our Faceback post.

 

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22 Responses to “SDP’s proposed 8-point plan to exit the Covid-19 pandemic”

  • Community Care Facilities:

    Best to recover at the Community Care Facilities .
    Many small HDB home are not suitable and will only caused the Virus to spread to more family members.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Ok…Dr Chee, I will not flame you since you are not opposing for the sake of opposing and come up will solution.

    But, we PAP is still more clever than you that even Japan follow us.

    Japan Says People With Mild Covid Should Recover At Home, Not Hospital
    https://khn.org/morning-breakout/japan-says-people-with-mild-covid-should-recover-at-home-not-hospital/

    Yes, we PAP are always planning ahead to stay ahead of others nation.

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  • Fire:

    八个步骤 , 明确 。
    绝对看得到 希望 。

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  • kaji:

    Thank you, Singapore Democrats.

    This plan is borne out of real concern for Singapore, unmotivated by million-dollar salaries for part-time jobs.

    p.s. who says high pay attracts the best?

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  • Inoowatosay:

    I think point 3 “Facilitate nursing homes to keep infected patients who are stable and do not need hospitalisation in their facilities but segregate them from the rest of the residents.” is a good idea but can be improved upon.

    Let me elaborate. Keeping the old, frail, with the Covid infected, even segregate, is not a good idea. Utensil, clothing even invisible hand smears can be unwittingly cross shared. Infection can still take place. A full blown infection of the old, frail is not a desirable outcome.

    The above idea is a very good idea but can be improved. What about using our numerous community centres, where the mass vaccination program is about to end soon, as temporary isolation housing for the healthy infected? The community centre’s basket ball courts or the community centre’s open or the old, abandoned schools can be set up with temporary tentages, if needed, for housing those infected but stable individuals. This way the community centres, the nursing homes, the rest of the communities are segregated and safe.

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  • Inoowatosay:

    I think point 3 “Facilitate nursing homes to keep infected patients who are stable and do not need hospitalisation in their facilities but segregate them from the rest of the residents.” is a good idea but can be improved upon.

    Let me elaborate. Keeping the old, frail, with the Covid infected, even segregate, is not a good idea. Utensil, clothing even invisible hand smears can be unwittingly cross shared. Infection can still take place. A full blown infection of the old, frail is not a desirable outcome.

    The above idea is a very good idea but can be improved. What about using our numerous community centres, where the mass vaccination program is about to end soon, as temporary isolation housing for the healthy infected? The community centre’s basket ball courts or the community centre’s open field or the old, abandoned schools can be set up with temporary tentages, if needed, for housing those infected but stable individuals. This way the community centres, the nursing homes, the rest of the communities are segregated and safe.

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  • Who Dares:

    The 3-man multitaskers wiuldn’t DARE IMPLEMENT this strategy!

    To do so, would loose their million $ jobs!

    Who would want to loooooose their good-paying jobs without lifting a finger?

    Especially when you are going to be the PEEAYAM!

    The msm shd asked these 3 guys instead of the WP. It just shows the msm lacks guts and resolve!

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  • Conclusion:

    Best solution is to VTO.

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  • xoxo:

    My suggestion.
    For Prez to show care n PM to have REALISTIC GROUND ZERO FEEL,BUILD RECOVER SHELTERS AT ISTANA to see if COVID IS ENDEMIC???

    TALK IS EASY,DOING IS ANOTHER THING.

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  • MarBowling:

    Community Care Facilities:
    September 29, 2021 at 1:46 am (Quote)
    Best to recover at the Community Care Facilities .
    Many small HDB home are not suitable and will only caused the Virus to spread to more family members.

    Response: Totally agree. Anyway, many thanks to SDP for the 8-Point Plan.
    Currently a lot of whiter than white elephants are CLOSED or Under-Utilized! SENSIBLE amount of money should be used to turn these facilities and buildings into TEMPORARY HOLDING AREAS to DEAL with the Sudden Surge in the number of Covid19 cases!

    DON’T PASS THIS IMPORTANT NATIONAL HEALTH ISSUE LIKE THE HOME RECOVERY THING TO THE CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY THE POOR and NEEDY FOLKS WHO ARE STAYING IN HDB PIGEON HOLES AND CAN BEARLY ABLE TO SURVIVE AMIDST COVID19 AND IMPORTANTLY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS OR KENNA INFECTED!

    Mai Hum and Wifey Holee Jinx and the World Class Ministerial Trash Force of the 3 STOOGES, COME DOWN NOW, YES NOW FROM YOUR IVORY TOWER BEFORE YOU DISH OUT ANY MORE OF YOUR SHITTY MEASURES AND RULES AND RESTRICTIONS TO DEAL WITH AND HANDLE THE SUDDEN SURGE IN THE NUMBER OF COVID19 CASES! HEAVEN HAS EYES. MAN PROPOSES GOD DISPOSES!

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  • Singaporeahseng:

    This 8 points are good. Would like to suggest 3 more.

    9. Convert abandoned schools into Community Care facilities for Covid 19 patients.
    10. Closed entrance to India visitors until their infections dropped to less than 100,000 infections in total, or less than 100 infections per day.
    11. Changed all the Army general heads of MOH to Singaporean doctors who are competent to deal with the administrations and recovery of the patients.

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  • When Dr Chee tipped that the SDP was going to release something HUGE to tackle the exit from C19, I had high expectations, BUT.

    Anyway, I printed the points raised by SDP and went over to my neighbours to KPoh a little sought their opinion on it. For those who remember, I rented an apartment at an estate dedicated for medical workers, so plenty of doctors and nurses to seek advice.

    To cut to the chase, one senior doctor who had to literally pee in her pants during the C19 pandemic opined that in order for THIS exit strategy to work, it is CONDITIONAL upon:

    1. The vaccine HAS TO be effective at preventing serious injuries and death. That, unfortunately, has not been extensively proven to be the truth.

    2. That herd immunity can be achieved when MORE THAN half of the populace have been infected, that, unfortunately, also cannot be proven and may even be unachievable.

    The SDP’s strategy appears to be banking on the above 2 points being the absolute truth, unfortunately, that is not the case. On closer look, the SDP appears to be parroting everything the MTF has claimed about the vaccine and the C19 virus.

    For example, I am surprised that the SDP had chosen to not address the possibility of the vaccinated being more ready to spread the C19 virus, which I believe is of major concern to many of us. What about the supposed higher viral load carried by the vaccinated, skipping the issue, no confirm or deny? What about the supposed serious side-effects of the vaccine?

    Basically, the SDP appears to be just tweaking whatever the MTF has already implemented and touching it up without any real differences to those half-baked measures that are already in place.

    As such, their supposed exit strategy is just as good as the MTF’s good to see, nothing effective to look forward to, maybe some cost cuttings measures that would result in more infections.

    IMHO, some of the points raised may actually cause a massive huge outbreak in an already worsening situation.

    Someone suggested that the situation may be worst than the daily figures provided by the MTF because not all infected are tested, not all infected will seek treatment, not all infected has been attended to by the MTF (those self-tested positive), etc etc etc.

    I am inclined to agree and I put the total infection figures island-wide at 5 figures (maybe even 6), conservatively.

    ANYWAY, if the SDP really wants to help Sinkies, then instead of cooking up an exit plan which will NEVER be implemented by the clueless and arrogant so-called experts at MTF, why not start by helping to address the issues raised by Netizens on the virus and vaccines, issues which the MTF dare not and would not address?

    A place to start would be the 2 points I raised about the vaccinated above.

    What do you think?

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  • Fire:

    八点步骤 。。。。明确
    贯彻始终 。。。。希望

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  • Medical Specialists Task Force:

    “3. Facilitate nursing homes to keep infected patients who are stable and do not need hospitalisation in their facilities but segregate them from the rest of the residents. Have GPs check on them and decide when they need hospitalisation. This will relieve the strain on hospitals and ensure that those who need hospital care are not deprived or delayed.”
    To further ease the strain on hospitals, ramp up the use of community care facilities to treat the infected cases presenting early symptoms with oral medication (anti-virals, anti-inflammatories, anti-coagulants) & supplements. “Wait & see” approach is not good as the virus inside the body will replicate & cause emergency condition that need hospitalisation ICU & oxygen therapy! This early intervention may help to reduce fatalities!
    To this end, rope in pte clinics’ doctors who want to participate & pay for their services.

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Singaporeahseng:
    This 8 points are good. Would like to suggest 3 more.

    9. Convert abandoned schools into Community Care facilities for Covid 19 patients.
    10. Closed entrance to India visitors until their infections dropped to less than 100,000 infections in total, or less than 100 infections per day.
    11. Changed all the Army general heads of MOH to Singaporean doctors who are competent to deal with the administrations and recovery of the patients.

    12. Must ensure any telephone number provided by MOH for this period works. At the moment, for example, try calling 1800 333 9999 and see if it works. It doesn’t work. Because MOH is manned by useless folks headed by useless ONG Ye Kung appointed by useless lee hsien loong.

    13. Must not stand in the way of better Singaporeans from doing their work. For example, if Dr Jamus Lim or Dr Chee Soon Juan can manage the epidemic better than pap ONG Ye Kung, let the better person be in charge absent of politics. After all, it is proven after so many months that not a single pap appointee can handle the epidemic.

    14. Must deduct pay of every head in MOH, starting with ONG Ye Kung. Due to his incompetence, many more lives are lost and many innocent citizens are suffering under ridiculous 5225522 kind of nonsense. More than this, a decent human must be paid his due wage. ONG Ye King did ffff off and so must be paid ffff of. Just because he is from the pap clan and must be paid pap kind of obscene S$m just speaks of nothing but greed.

    15. ONG Ye Kung could not have bungled if he had not been appointed by someone. The person who did so showed incompetence in manpower deployment and must be penalized. This person must also be removed.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I agree with Point 1. I have written in TRE before as to why the need to test those asymptomatic.

    What are we going to do with a fully vaccinated person who was tested Covid positive but shown no symptom. He is as normal as any other person around.

    One may argue that he needs to be isolated to prevent him from infecting others. There may be thousand of others like him walking around only they were not tested! Like in buses and MRTs?

    If needed to be isolated, where? Since there is no medication, this infected is only waiting to be better or to be worse!

    If more than 80% were vaccinated, why worry. The unvaccinated should be the ones who have to be worried.

    Now the MTF wants everyone to be tested, but I remember one of the MTF’s members had said “MOH is not chasing after every case”. Why than every company needs to do ART test for their employees. Isn’t this asking for trouble? Just one or two positive cases (symptomatic or not), the whole company must be closed! Couldn’t the MTF see the hidden interruption to businesses?

    I would like to add another point. – Don’t discriminate those not vaccinated. If we can live with smokers we can live with the unvaccinated. Smokers knew very well smoking is bad, but find it hard to quit, so is the unvaccinated knew the result of not vaccinated but for some reason they were unable to do so. Why not just live with the unvaccinated, allow them to dine anywhere. They are more worry than those who were vaccinated.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    NotMyProblem:
    I would like to add another point. – Don’t discriminate those not vaccinated. If we can live with smokers we can live with the unvaccinated. Smokers knew very well smoking is bad, but find it hard to quit, so is the unvaccinated knew the result of not vaccinated but for some reason they were unable to do so. Why not just live with the unvaccinated, allow them to dine anywhere. They are more worry than those who were vaccinated.

    Opposition are very simplistic… please think deeper.
    Non smoker is able to detect/identify a smoker and avoid them if they so wish.

    Can you detect/identify a unvaccinated person?

    Do you allow outsider to question your family members, especially female member, if they are vaccinated and show proof to outsider ?

    No wonder Opposition keep losing …

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  • Reject Racist Trolls:

    Singaporeahseng, you are a first class racist. You say close entry to India, but don’t say close to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, UK, Europe, USA and many others, all of who are in much worse state than India. In fact, India today is much better than even Spore once you equalize for population. 8 deaths in Spore is equivalent to 2000 deaths in India. India had 309 deaths yesterday compared to our 2000 deaths “population equivalent”. 2000 deaths are almost half of India’s worst peak day death of 4800 in May. 2268 cases in Spore is equivalent to 500k cases in India. India had 23k new cases yesterday compared to our 500k “population equivalent”. 500k cases is even more than India’s worst peak day of 410k in May. Somemore, as commentators here say, our numbers are under reported, we got many more asymptomatic cases. no wonder, the joker Delhi chief Minister said to ban flights from Spore because of Spore variant in April ! Maybe he like nostradumus can see the future!

    Let’s look at Malaysia as comparison. 240 new deaths yesterday is like 45 deaths in Spore versus our 8 deaths.

    But you don’t talk about closing to Malaysia. Why? Got lot of Malaysian Chinese, mah! so how can close, lah!

    Are you a racist or simply another illiterate? !

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  • Realistically:

    >>SDP’s proposed 8-point plan to EXIT the Covid-19 pandemic<<

    SINKaPOOR is in the midst of its WORST occurrence of new cases with the latest figure of new infections numbering 2268 and with 8 deaths……………YET the SDP wants to tok about how to EXIT the pandemic!!! So the SDP does NOT give a damn about MORE sinkies DYING, sufferings, miseries etc AND the economy taking a BIG HIT ……until the situation becomes conducive to "EXIT" the pandemic, which is estimated by the CEOs of the mRNA producers, Moderna and Pfizer, to be in the region of ONE YEAR from now.

    Yeah, I suppose the SDP shares the same ethos as the emperor without clothes (EWC) PAPie ethos: "YOU DIE YOUR OWN BUSINESS"

    I agree with @ TRE Techie on his views……………and just wish to add that if the SDP cares for sinkies and SINKaPOOR which I suggest is NOT the motive of the SDP, but how to enable Chee Soon Juan to better manage his cafe biz, I suggest that the SDP, especially Prof Paul Thambyah and his team of medical practitioners help sinkies to better cope with the C-19 pandemic like how to avoid getting infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the first place, and if infected, how best to minimise the impact of the said virus…………

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  • @Realistically

    SDP’s plan is actually parroting the MTF’s “living with the virus”.

    If you read their points, they are advocating allowing the virus to spread (if asymptomatic don’t evenb bother to test) and only treat those who are serious and have shown symptoms. They even suggest those with symptoms to be allowed tp (stay home) and “monitor”.

    Any officials in China who dare utter the above would be out of a job so fast that he/she would not have the chance to pack.

    Anyway, it’s “living with the virus” with a slight tweak to cut down on resources and costs. The SDP is also banking on the possibility that the vaccine is effective and not too many will die as a result. However, to me, one death is always too many and I would prefer the China’s approach of zero-covid where one death also cannot be allowed.

    Having been with TRE for over a decade, the difference in comparison I see between WP and SDP is, WP prefers to quietly receive their MP allowance and is contended with being a co-driver, but the latter likes to make a lot of noise with no relevance.

    Honestly, I had expected a little more from SDP, but I guess I was asking for too much.

    Currently, my preferred choice to represent me in Parliament would be the PSP, but they do have their downside, i.e. too high class and proud, but I will leave that for another day.

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  • recover in the hotel:

    //But, we PAP is still more clever than you that even Japan follow us.

    Japan Says People With Mild Covid Should Recover At Home, Not Hospital//

    aiyoh. this is the result when capacity cannot cope lar ?? not that anyone is clever than another person lar ??

    analogy lar, it is like having to choose the lesser of two evils (which is still an evil lar ???) lar ???

    if you do not have home, then recover in the hotel lar ?? clever or not ??

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  • Realistically:

    To me, it is much more important to ask why the daily new infection of the COVID-19 virus in Taiwan is more than 2 orders of magnitude lower than in SINKaPOOR…………with the latter also registering many deaths, which I believe could have been prevented if the emperor without clothes regime was competent and has the welfare of sinkies and of the economy of the country foremost in its policy making, rather than these incompetent people, especially Lee Hsien Loong, his wife Ho Ching and Minister Ong Ye Kung imposing their incompetent failed and disastrous policies.

    The figures for the NEW cases of COVID-19 infection and deaths (in brackets) for SINKaPOOR and Taiwan are sobering……..whatever machinations by MOH are being alleged………for the period 30/9 downwards to 24/9/21 as found on the website Worldometer:

    Taiwan: 7, 11, 7, 9(1), 8, 5 …30/9 – 24/9

    SINKaPOOR: 2472 (2), 2268 (8), 2236 (5), 1647 (2), 1939 (2), 1443 (3), 1650 (3)

    Sinkies should ask how is it possible for Taiwan to achieve such low figures as compared to SINKaPOOR……….rather than tok about whether the mRNA risks of adverse reaction to the mRNA vaccines & other factors……….taking into consideration of the role the media plays to indoctrinate PAPie propaganda and other countries with much freer press & democracies.

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