- POSTED: 16 Sep 2013 23:15
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As of September 7, there have been 15,774 cases of dengue fever this year.
SINGAPORE: As of September 7, there have been 15,774 cases of dengue fever this year.
More than 6,600 subsidised dengue NS1 tests have been done as of August 16 this year.
The Health Ministry increased the subsidies for dengue NS1 testing at emergency departments so that patients who are clinically assessed will not pay more than S$10 per test.
This has been in place since June 17 this year.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong shared these figures in a written reply to Member of Parliament, Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef.
He added that this year's dengue epidemic led to an increase in the number of patients treated for dengue or suspected dengue at polyclinics and public hospital compared to the last two years.
Polyclinic attendance for dengue or suspected dengue increased 6.5 times, from an average of 931 cases for the first six months of 2011 and 2012 to 6,065 cases for the first six months of 2013.
There were 6,880 Emergency Department attendances for dengue in the first six months of this year, compared to only 2,523 attendances for the whole of 2012.
To cope with the extra workload at the emergency departments, Mr Gan said hospitals have increased manpower and streamlined processes to enhance efficiency.
Such measures include adjusting the work shifts of doctors and nurses based on anticipated patient load.