Ministry of Health (Singapore)

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Ministry of Health, Singapore
MOH Logo.svg
Logo of the Ministry of Health
Agency overview
Formed1959
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
HeadquartersCollege of Medicine Building, 16 College Road, Singapore 169854
Employees1,573 (2018) [1]
Annual budgetIncrease2.svg 11.72 billion (est) SGD (2019) [2]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chan Heng Kee, Permanent Secretary
  • Ng How Yue [3] , Second Permanent Secretary
  • Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services
Child agencies
Website www.moh.gov.sg

The Ministry of Health (Abbreviation: MOH; Malay : Kementerian Kesihatan; Chinese: 新加坡卫生部; Tamil : சுகாதார அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for providing information, raising health awareness and education, ensuring the accessibility of health services, and monitoring the quality of health services provided to citizens and visitors in the Republic of Singapore. In addition, it is also involved in the control of illness and disease in the country, coordinating the utilisation of resources and expertise where necessary. It is headed by the office of the Minister for Health, Gan Kim Yong.

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References

  1. https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/docs/default-source/budget_2019/download/pdf/35-MOH-2019.pdf
  2. https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/docs/default-source/budget_2019/download/pdf/35-MOH-2019.pdf
  3. "Changes in Permanent Secretary appointments from January 2017". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-statutory-board-singapore-food-agency-ava-disbanded-10563864