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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ADMINISTRATION

Part III CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES WITHIN SINGAPORE

Part IV CONTROL OF AIDS AND HIV INFECTION

Part V PREVENTION OF INTRODUCTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES INTO SINGAPORE

Part VI VACCINATION AND OTHER PROPHYLAXIS

Part VII ENFORCEMENT

Part VIIA NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH

Part VIII MISCELLANEOUS

FIRST SCHEDULE Infectious Diseases

SECOND SCHEDULE Dangerous Infectious Diseases

THIRD SCHEDULE Requirements As to Vaccination and Other Prophylaxis

FOURTH SCHEDULE Diseases Against Which A Child Is to be Vaccinated

FIFTH SCHEDULE Diseases in Respect of Which Acts Referred to in Section 21a Are Prohibited

SIXTH SCHEDULE Diseases in Respect of Which Information May be Disclosed by the Director to A Person to Enable Him to Take Steps to Prevent Spread of Diseases

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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PART V
PREVENTION OF INTRODUCTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES INTO SINGAPORE
Infected area
26.
—(1)  Where the Minister has reason to believe that a dangerous infectious disease may be introduced into Singapore from or through any area in Singapore or elsewhere, he may, by notification in the Gazette, declare that area to be an infected area.
(2)  The Minister may, in his discretion, issue an order prohibiting the entry into Singapore of any person or class of persons from an infected area declared under subsection (1) except under such conditions as he may specify.
[5/2003]
Vessels, persons and articles from infected area
27.
—(1)  For the purposes of this Part, all vessels, persons and articles coming from an infected area shall be deemed to be infected unless otherwise declared by the Director.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  A vessel and any person and article on board shall also be deemed to be infected if an infectious disease is found on board or if such infection was present amongst the crew, passengers, rodents or vectors on board the vessel.
Information required on arrival of vessels
28.
—(1)  The master and the surgeon, if there is one on board, or the agent of any vessel arriving in Singapore shall provide such particulars as may be required by the Director-General or Port Health Officer in such form or manner as the Director-General may require.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  Any master, surgeon or agent who fails to comply with subsection (1) or who provides any information which is false or misleading shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
Measures required of a vessel or vehicle on arrival
29.
—(1)  The Director-General or a Port Health Officer may —
(a)
inspect any vessel or vehicle or any person or goods on board the vessel or in the vehicle when in Singapore;
(b)
subject persons on board a vessel or in a vehicle, upon arrival, to medical examination;
(c)
direct health and sanitary measures to be taken in respect of a vessel or vehicle;
(d)
obtain from the master, or any other person on board the vessel, all necessary information that he requires to ascertain the health of persons on board, the sanitary condition of the vessel and cargo and of the port last visited by that vessel and any other information that he may require;
(e)
inspect the journal or log-book of the vessel or of the vessel’s papers; and
(f)
direct the master, owner or agent of any vessel to forward a copy of the vessel’s passenger and crew list and cargo manifest immediately after the vessel’s arrival in Singapore.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  Any person who fails to comply with any direction or requirement of the Director-General or the Port Health Officer under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Undertaking to report to Port Health Officer
30.
—(1)  Any person who has given an undertaking in another country to report to a Port Health Officer in Singapore shall immediately on his arrival report accordingly and shall comply with all the directions of a Port Health Officer.
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or fails to comply with the directions of a Port Health Officer shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000; and any deposit or guarantee made by such person may be forfeited.
(3)  Without prejudice to subsection (2), any such person who fails to report to a Port Health Officer or fails to comply with the directions of a Port Health Officer shall be liable to be arrested without a warrant, to be isolated, disinfected or otherwise treated.
Vaccination and other prophylaxis
31.
—(1)  Every person on an international voyage whether leaving or arriving in Singapore shall —
(a)
have undergone vaccination or other prophylaxis against all or any of the diseases in accordance with the requirements set out in the Third Schedule; and
(b)
produce valid international certificates of vaccination or other prophylaxis to a Port Health Officer.
(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), a Port Health Officer may require such person to undergo vaccination or other prophylaxis and may subject him to isolation or surveillance for such period as the Port Health Officer thinks fit.
(3)  The Port Health Officer may, in his discretion, return any person, not being a citizen of Singapore, who refuses or fails to comply with subsection (2), to his place of origin or embarkation at the expense of the owner or agent of the vessel by which he arrived in Singapore.
(4)  The owner, master or agent of any vessel shall ensure compliance with subsection (1) in respect of any person on board his vessel.
Disinfection and treatment of vessel and vehicle
32.
—(1)  The Director or a Health Officer authorised by the Director may, in his discretion, order the disinfection and treatment of the clothes and personal effects of any infected person arriving in Singapore.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  Any vessel or vehicle which has conveyed an infected person shall be cleansed, disinfected or treated in such manner as may be directed by the Director or a Health Officer authorised by the Director.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
Arrival of infected ships
33.
—(1)  An infected ship shall anchor at a quarantine anchorage unless otherwise directed by a Port Health Officer and shall remain there until it has been granted pratique by a Port Health Officer.
(2)  An infected ship lying within the waters of Singapore shall show the appropriate quarantine signal prescribed by regulations unless otherwise directed by a Port Health Officer.
(3)  No person shall board or disembark from the ship while it lies at a quarantine anchorage, without obtaining the prior written permission of a Port Health Officer.
(4)  No baggage, cargo or article may be discharged from a ship while it lies at a quarantine anchorage without the prior written permission of a Port Health Officer.
(5)  Any master or any other person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[34
Unauthorised boarding or disembarking from infected vessel
34.
—(1)  The master of any infected vessel shall while it is subject to quarantine —
(a)
prevent and, if necessary, detain any person disembarking from the vessel without being authorised by a Port Health Officer;
(b)
detain any person from Singapore who without the permission of a Port Health Officer boards the vessel;
(c)
deliver any person detained to a Port Health Officer;
(d)
prevent any baggage or cargo from being discharged from the vessel; and
(e)
prevent any rodent from leaving or entering the vessel.
(2)  A master who fails to comply with any of the provisions of subsection (1) and any person aiding or abetting a master shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
(3)  For the purposes of section 33 and this section, “infected” means infected with a dangerous infectious disease.
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Pratique
35.
—(1)  A ship not granted pratique shall remain in the quarantine anchorage while in the waters of Singapore or may continue its voyage to other ports.
(2)  The master or agent of any ship which has not been granted pratique who suffers or permits the ship to be anchored or berthed in contravention of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[36
Discharge of waste or matter
36.  The discharge of human dejecta, solid or liquid waste or any matter, which the Director-General or a Port Health Officer considers to be contaminated, from any vessel shall be subject to such measures as the Director-General or the Port Health Officer may impose.
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Vessels within waters of Singapore
37.
—(1)  The master, owner or agent of any vessel whilst in Singapore shall —
(a)
take such precautions as may be directed by a Port Health Officer to prevent rodents from leaving or entering the vessel, and take such measures for the destruction of rodents on board the vessel;
(b)
take all measures directed by a Port Health Officer to abate any nuisance that may be present on board the vessel within such time as may be specified by the Port Health Officer; and
(c)
take such measures to clean, disinfect, whitewash or any other measures which a Port Health Officer may direct to improve the condition of the water tanks, living spaces or any other part of the vessel.
(2)  Any master, owner or agent who fails to comply with any directions of the Port Health Officer under subsection (1) within the specified time shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 and to a further fine not exceeding $500 for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.
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Person supplying food and water
38.
—(1)  The master, owner or agent of every vessel and any person supplying food and water to the vessel shall ensure that the food and water supplied to the vessel is fit for human consumption.
(2)  The master, owner or any person in charge of any vessel or vehicle employed for carrying food or water intended for human consumption shall ensure that his vessel or vehicle and the food and water receptacles therein are in a clean and sanitary condition.
(3)  Any person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
[39
Powers of Director-General or Port Health Officer regarding food and water
39.
—(1)  The Director-General or a Port Health Officer may —
(a)
take samples of any food and water intended for human consumption or for sale to a vessel;
(b)
order the owner or any person in charge of a vessel supplying food to carry out an analysis of the food and to supply the results of that analysis to the Director-General or the Port Health Officer;
(c)
if he has reason to believe that any food intended for human consumption is liable to be contaminated or is unfit for human consumption, order the food to be destroyed; and
(d)
order the owner, master or agent of any vessel to immediately cleanse the water tanks of the vessel to his satisfaction.
(2)  Any person who fails to comply with an order of the Director-General or a Port Health Officer under subsection (1) within the time specified therein shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
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Importation of vectors of diseases
40.
—(1)  No person shall import or bring or cause to be imported or brought into Singapore any vectors capable of transmitting a disease without first obtaining the written permission of the Director-General.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
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41.  [Repealed by Act 36 of 2005 wef 03/01/2006]
Power to inspect merchandise, etc., on board vessel
42.
—(1)  The Director-General or a Port Health Officer may inspect and examine any articles, merchandise, baggage or cargo, on board any vessel, which are in his opinion contaminated or likely to be contaminated.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  The Director-General or the Port Health Officer may order any contaminated articles, merchandise, baggage or cargo found on board the vessel to be —
(a)
seized and treated or disposed of in such manner as he thinks fit; and
(b)
prohibited from being unloaded or stored in Singapore.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(3)  Any person who fails to comply with an order of the Director-General or the Port Health Officer under subsection (2) or hinders or obstructs the execution of that order shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.
(4)  Any articles, merchandise, baggage or cargo to which the order relates may be confiscated, treated or disposed of at the discretion of the Director-General or the Port Health Officer.
Corpses
43.
—(1)  No corpse or human remains or bones other than cremated ashes, shall be brought into or transhipped or exported from Singapore, unless accompanied by a medical certificate or other evidence showing the name of the deceased, the date and cause of death and the measures adopted to preserve the body.
(2)  Such corpse or human remains or bones shall not be landed or transhipped or exported without the written permission of a Port Health Officer.
(3)  The owner, master or agent of any vessel shall ensure compliance with subsections (1) and (2).
(4)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
Master, etc., of vessel to assist Director-General, Director, etc.
44.
—(1)  The master, owner or agent of a vessel shall provide such facilities and assistance as the Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer may require in exercising his powers for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  The master, owner or agent of a vessel shall take all reasonable measures and exercise due and proper care to ensure the safety of the Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer and any person acting under his direction in the course of their work on board the vessel.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(3)  Any person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
Liability of master, owner or agent for expenses
45.
—(1)  The master, owner and agent of any vessel which has been ordered into quarantine or of any vessel from which any person is removed for quarantine shall be responsible for —
(a)
the removal, care and maintenance, conveyance and medical surveillance of all persons on board the vessel; and
(b)
the provision of such services as the Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer considers necessary to ensure the satisfactory performance of the quarantine of the vessel and the persons on board.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(2)  The master, owner or agent of any vessel which has been ordered into quarantine or to be cleansed, fumigated, disinfected or otherwise treated, shall pay the costs and expenses of removal of any cargo and goods from the vessel incurred in the cleansing, fumigation, disinfection or treatment of the vessel.
(3)  The master, owner or agent of the vessel may make arrangement with the Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer for the carrying out of any of the responsibilities under this section and for the payment of the costs and expenses thereof.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(4)  The Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer may take any action he considers necessary to ensure that the vessel or any person or articles on board performs the quarantine satisfactorily and any expenses incurred thereby shall be recoverable from the owner or agent of the vessel as a debt due to the Agency or the Government, as the case may be.
[4/2002; 5/2003]
(5)  The Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer may require the master, owner or agent of the vessel to give such security as he thinks necessary to ensure that the master, owner or agent of the vessel will carry out his responsibilities under this section satisfactorily.
[4/2002; 5/2003]