SINGAPORE (June 2): In addition to delivering food and groceries under its month-old delivery service ComfortDelivery, ComfortDelGro’s cabbies will now deliver essential medical supplies to patients with pre-existing conditions.

ComfortDelGro Taxi is collaborating with supply chain arm of the public healthcare system ALPS to deliver medication to patients who require regular refills during the Covid-19 period.

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In a statement on Tuesday, ComfortDelGro says the service is offered to all public healthcare institutions (PHIs).

"With the Government allowing cabbies to continue with delivery services till end-September, we wanted to expand our delivery services beyond the F&B sector,” says Ang Wei Neng, CEO of ComfortDelGro Taxi.

“We are therefore pleased to partner ALPS to ensure that medicine is delivered to patients when they need them. This will help to increase the medicine delivery capacity of the PHIs, allowing more patients to receive medication delivered right to their doorsteps, and also provide our cabbies with more delivery job options during the post-circuit breaker period,” he adds.

Delivery fees are charged to the PHIs by the distance, with a starting fee of $6.50 for up to the first 3km. All fees go directly to the cabbies. The fees will be credited to the cabbies’ UOB bank accounts by ComfortDelGro Taxi the next working day.

The cabbies will be taught to transport parcels in accordance to their temperature requirements, and to ensure that the parcels are kept away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.

To date, close to 2,000 cabbies have come onboard ComfortDelivery.

As at 10.49am, ComfortDelGro Taxi shares are changing hands 4.2% up, at $1.49.