Poll: 91% Want Health Minister To Resign Over HIV Data Leak

91% of Singaporeans want Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong to resign over recent revelation of the massive HIV data leak.

This was according to an online survey conducted by Wake Up Singapore after confidential information belonging to 14,200 HIV-positive people was leaked online.

The sensitive information included names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and HIV test results, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release.

Those records are in the possession of Mikhy K Farrera Brochez, an American who was deported from Singapore last April after he was convicted of fraud and drug-related offenses and sentenced to 28 months’ jail.

His boyfriend, Singaporean doctor Ler Teck Siang, had access to the HIV registry.

“I am sorry that one of our former staff who was authorized to have access to confidential information in our HIV registry appears to not have complied with our security guidelines,”

Minister Gan Kim Yong

The HIV data leak is the third major fiasco to plague MOH since Minister Gan took office. In 2018, Singapore experienced its worst cyber attack after hackers stole the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients from SingHealth’s database. In 2016, 25 people were infected with Hepatitis C at SGH. Eight of the patients died and five of the deaths could be linked to the infection. An independent review committee (IRC) into the hepatitis C infection at Singapore General Hospital pointed to lapses at SGH and gaps in the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) infectious diseases reporting system.

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