Saturday, 16 May 2020

Covid-19: HPB hiring temporary swabbers, monthly pay up to S$3,800

The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed on Friday (May 15) that the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is hiring swabbers and swabbing assistants on short-term contracts to support wider Covid-19 swab testing efforts.

This could entail swabbing operations at dormitories, MOH said in response to media queries.

The National Trades Union Congress’ Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) had published a job poster on its Facebook page on Tuesday (May 12), calling on Singaporeans and permanent residents to become swab assistants and swabbers.

Swab assistants will earn a monthly salary of S$3,400, while swabbers will get S$3,800. Healthcare experience is not necessary.

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New Singapore-developed test can detect whether a person has had COVID-19 in 1 hour

Singapore hospitals are now equipped with a unique COVID-19 test kit that can tell whether a person had been infected before with the coronavirus within an hour, instead of the usual several days.

The test kit can eventually be used for contact tracing, checking if potential vaccines work, and assessing the proportion of the population that are already infected.

It is jointly developed and manufactured by Duke-NUS Medical School, biotechnology firm GenScript Biotech and the Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD Hub) at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

The newly-developed test kit can detect the antibodies without the need of live biological materials and bio-containment facilities, unlike other commercially-available test kits require complex laboratory procedures. This means it can be rapidly conducted within an hour in most research or clinical laboratories.