Patients deserve a little comfort

Nurses attending to patients at a facility of a hospital in Singapore.
Nurses attending to patients at a facility of a hospital in Singapore.PHOTO: ST FILE

The Ministry of Health (MOH) should urgently look into Madam Lily Ong's suggestion that subsidised wards in our hospitals should be air-conditioned (Air-con in subsidised wards a necessity, June 3).

A little comfort goes a long way in the recovery process of patients in subsidised wards, particularly so under the sweltering heat that is here to stay.

Patients admitted to C-class wards include the elderly and heartlanders who have made enormous contributions to Singapore's progress.

I believe these patients deserve to enjoy some comfort while undergoing treatment and recuperating in hospitals.

All government buildings in Singapore are air-conditioned. The corridors of our hospitals are air-conditioned, but, sadly, not the subsidised C-class wards.

I hope MOH can be generous enough towards patients to change that.

Pavithran Vidyadharan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2019, with the headline 'Patients deserve a little comfort'. Print Edition | Subscribe