SINGAPORE — Nine more in-dormitory facilities will be set up by the end of the month, as Singapore aims to make rostered routine testing (RRT) more convenient and accessible for migrant workers.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a media release on Thursday (8 October) that there are currently 24 operational in-dorm RRT facilities for COVID-19 testing.
Four of them – Acacia Lodge, Cassia@Penjuru, Central Staff Apartments and Westlite Mandai – will also be offering night swabs, to accommodate the workers’ work cycles.
MOM said that over 35,000 migrant workers stand to benefit from this initiative.
More regional screening centres in pipeline
MOM and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) have also been scaling up swab-testing operations and capacity over the past months. A total of 20 regional screening centres have been set up islandwide, with over 2,600 staff conducting swab-testing daily.
Of these screening centres, 14 are facilitating the RRT of migrant workers living in dormitories, as well as those from the construction, marine and process sectors.
MOM said that more centres are in the pipeline. “The plan is to have 25 to 30 regional screening centres progressively in operation by the end of the year and about two-thirds of these sites will be conducting RRT,” it added.
Using the Swab Registration System
Employers whose workers reside in dormitories with RRT facilities can schedule their workers’ RRT appointments either at their dormitories or at the regional screening centres.
They can make use of the Swab Registration System to select preferred swab locations and testing dates. Once workers attend their first RRT appointment, they will automatically be scheduled by the system for successive RRT appointments.
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