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LTA reassures Singaporeans over public transport travel in light of H1N1 flu outbreak June 28, 2009

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The following is extracted from the Land Transport Authority:

In light of the H1N1 outbreak in several countries, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is working closely with the respective public transport operators, taxi companies and the Taxi Operators’ Association to put in place precautionary measures in our public transport system. Some of the measures in place include stepping up the cleaning and disinfecting of buses, trains and taxis. Taxi drivers are also advised to issue receipts to all passengers to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.

There is no need for commuters to avoid travelling on public transport. The LTA is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities to review and step up measures if necessary.

The Ministry of Health advises the public to adopt good hygiene practices. Those with flu-like symptoms should wear a mask and seek medical attention promptly. They should also disclose their travel histories to their doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q
Is it safe to use public transport?

A

It is still safe to use public transport. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and reassess when there are further developments.

Q
In light of the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak in several countries, what measures are being taken by our public transport operators and taxi companies to ensure that the health of their passengers is not compromised?

A
The public transport operators, SBST and SMRT, are stepping up measures to disinfect their premises, common areas, buses, trains and taxis. They have updated their staff on influenza A (H1N1) and also advised them against non-essential travel to affected countries. Staff who return from affected countries will be monitored closely for the development of any flu-like symptoms. The public transport operators will also issue Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to their staff if required.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), together with the taxi companies and the Taxi Operators’ Association (TOA) has advised taxi drivers to practice good personal hygiene, avoid non-essential travel to affected countries, clean and disinfect their taxis more often and to seek medical treatment immediately and not to drive if they are unwell. Taxi drivers should also issue receipts to passengers and advise them to retain the receipt in case of contact tracing. The taxi companies will issue Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to their drivers if required.

Q
What precautions do I need to take when travelling on public transport to reduce the risk of being infected?

A
Commuters are advised to take similar precautions as they would when they are in public places. Those who are unwell should wear a mask to reduce the risk of infecting others.

Q
Will taxi companies put in place precautionary measures to ensure that the risk of infection to their drivers is minimised, especially those picking up passengers from the airport?

A
The taxi companies and the Taxi Operator Associations (TOA) have updated taxi drivers on influenza A (H1N1) and also advised them against non-essential travel to affected countries. Taxi drivers who are unwell should not drive and are to seek medical attention immediately.

Although thermal screening has been implemented at Changi Airport, taxi drivers frequenting the airport should still exercise caution and seek medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms. Taxi drivers should also issue receipts to all passengers and advise them to retain the receipts to facilitate contact tracing.

Related links:

Ministry of Health

www.flu.gov.sg

World Health Organisation

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