Ministry of Health (Singapore)

The Ministry of Health (abbreviation: MOH; Chinese: 卫生部; Malay: Kementerian Kesihatan; Tamil: சுகாதார அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for providing information, raising health awareness and education and ensuring and monitoring the accessibility and quality of healthcare services provided to the citizens and nationals 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.[citation needed]

Ministry of Health, Singapore
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Agency overview
Formed1955; 66 years ago (1955)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters16 College Road, College of Medicine Building, Singapore 169854
MottoChampioning a Healthy Nation
Employees1,573 (2018)[1]
Annual budgetIncrease S$11.72 billion (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary (Health)
  • Ng How Yue[2], Permanent Secretary (Health Development)
  • Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services
Child agencies

Statutory boardsEdit


The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Health, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore.

Portrait Minister Start of Term End of Term Political Party Ref.
A.J. Braga 1955 1959   Singapore People's Alliance
Ahmad Ibrahim 5 June 1959 1961   People's Action Party
Kenneth Michael Byrne 1961 1963
  Yong Nyuk Lin 1963 1968
Chua Sian Chin 1968 1974
Toh Chin Chye 1975 1981
  Goh Chok Tong 1981 1982
Howe Yoon Chong 1982 1984
  Tony Tan Keng Yam 1985 1986
Richard Hu 1986 1988
Yeo Cheow Tong 1988 1994
  George Yeo 1994 1997
Yeo Cheow Tong 1997 1999
  Lim Hng Kiang 1999 2003
  Khaw Boon Wan 2003 (Acting) 2004
2004 2011
  Gan Kim Yong 21 May 2011 14 May 2021 [3][4]
  Ong Ye Kung 15 May 2021 Incumbent [4]


HIV data leakEdit

On 28 January 2019, sensitive information including names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses and HIV test results of 12,400 HIV-positive people were leaked online after an ex-Ministry of Health staff, Ler Teck Siang had mishandled the information.[5] The ex-staff, the former head of National Public Health Unit, had access to the information and did not comply with Ministry of Health's security guidelines. Ler downloaded the information on to a personal thumb drive, which his then-boyfriend Mikhy K Farrera Brochez had leaked online subsequently.[6] Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong, also explained that the information was not announced earlier, in order to safeguard the patients' well-being.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "MINISTRY OF HEALTH" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Changes in Permanent Secretary Appointments - 1 November 2019". Public Service Division. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Mahmud, Aqil Haziq (25 July 2020). "PM Lee announces new Cabinet; 6 office holders promoted, 3 retirements". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  5. ^ "'I am sorry': Gan Kim Yong says health ministry providing support to HIV sufferers affected by data leak". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ paulam@st (9 March 2019). "HIV data leak: Mikhy Farrera-Brochez slapped with 3 charges by US grand jury". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Gan Kim Yong explains why HIV Registry leak was not disclosed earlier, apologises once more".

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