Singapore ICU Bed Capacity Increases

Singapore has increased its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity over the last three months, Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary in Parliament said.

Puthucheary said that the bed capacity has risen from 26 percent to 53 percent.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that they could handle 1,500 COVID-19 cases a day.

“(When the Delta variant came in), and cases started to shoot up… fortunately we have always been planning ahead, which is why, at that point in time, we were already ready to handle 1,500 cases a day,” Ong said.

Ong also said that in terms of planning capacity and workforce, they are always one to two steps ahead. 

“What I think did not go well, and I fully acknowledge it, was the HRP (Home Recovery Programme). All the complaints about conveyancing, calling in, and people not getting responses, is not because the beds were totally full, but processes with regard to the HRP were not totally ready and we were caught by the sudden increase. We were still implementing a pilot program when all this happened,” he said.

According to Ong, the current 134 ICU beds will be increased to 180.

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