290 patients & 263 staff at SGH tested negative for hepatitis C

SINGAPORE - The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) posted an update on Tuesday evening (Oct 14) that 290 patients and 263 staff have tested negative for the hepatitis C infection.

The hospital has screened 402 out of 678 patients, and the remaining 112 results are pending.

A total of 270 out of 319 employees at SGH have also been tested and seven are awaiting for results.

The hospital also said their doctors and medical social workers are continuing to meet with the affected patients and families to provide support.

SGH apologised last Tuesday at a press conference that there was an outbreak of the hepatitis C virus in one of its renal wards.

The outbreak led to 22 patients being infected with the virus and four have since died.

Investigations into the cause of the infections are currently ongoing.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has set up an independent review committee to identify possible lapses and weak points in the hospital's overall workflow.

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