Covid-19 is not the only easily transmissible disease around. There's another and it's been killing more people for years. Yet, we didn't lock up our workers.
Far from justifying continued confinement of migrant workers in dorms, the cluster in Westlite Juniper shows how hollow the argument for confinement is.
This research study mapped the unique obstacles (and enablers) to Covid-19 vaccination pertinent to migrant domestic workers in Singapore.
The doctor said he had to operate, telling the patient not to worry about the cost since the employer should have insurance cover. "What?" she said. "I didn't know."
Danny was faced with a $34,000 hospital bill and was looking for help. Our first questions were: Why isn't the employer paying? What's the law for?
In a recent study, male migrant workers were keen on getting vaccinated but there are problems with getting information and getting vaccination slots
Triangulating from various figures published recently, the latest estimate for Singapore's dorm population is 275,000, of whom about 45% are fully vaccinated.
Only fifteen Covid-19 cases among dorm residents in April, May and June 2021; workers still largely locked down
In the second quarter of 2021, there were only 15 cases of Covid-19 in worker dormitories, a mere fraction of cases in Singapore.
Six men had jobs involving ships or marine structures. They had all received two doses of vaccine and five were asymptomatic.
In September 2020, we had 801 Covid-19 cases from the dorms. From October, there has been a dramatic improvement.