Free TB Screening For Jalan Bukit Merah Residents After 7 Cases Emerge
From the global Covid-19 pandemic to the recent Monkeypox outbreak, we’ve been on high alert when it comes to health risks. Proving their efficiency in such matters, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is swinging into action after seven Tuberculosis (TB) cases emerged at an HDB block in Bukit Merah.
Hoping to detect and manage cases early, they’re offering free screening to current and former residents there.
MOH identifies TB cluster at Jalan Bukit Merah
In a press release today (21 May), MOH revealed that they had been alerted to seven TB cases involving Block 2 Jalan Bukit Merah residents on 2 Mar.
The residents in question received their diagnosis between Feb 2021 and Mar 2022. All seven lived in different units in the same block.
Of the seven individuals, MOH updated their latest situation as follows:
- Two have completed treatment
- Three are currently undergoing treatment
- Two passed away from other causes
Explaining that the risk of infection declines as treatment continues, MOH assures that the surviving cases do not pose any public health risks.
They have also since identified the cases’ close contacts and found that none of the seven was each other’s close contacts.
The individuals apparently didn’t know or interact with each other, nor gathered in the same places. Considering these circumstances, MOH is thus offering free screening as a precaution.