Latest update //
The improvement in the air quality is due to a change in the direction of the low level winds over Singapore, from southwesterly to southerly, and prevailing wind conditions are expected to persist for the next few days.
1 / Elderly people
2 / People with chronic lung disease, heart disease or stroke,
3 / Women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy
should stop using N95 masks^ if they feel uncomfortable. You should consult a doctor for advice.
^ The use of N95 mask increases the effort in breathing and may cause discomfort, tiredness or headache. As some people with chronic lung disease, heart disease or stroke may already have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues, they should stop using a N95 mask if they feel uncomfortable. They should consult their doctor as to whether they can use the N95 mask.
– MOH e101.gov.sg
One thing I think our government needs to beef up – is our local response time in times of crisis.
My ex-boss in government agency always said, we are too reactive. Not pro-active.
At this state, our ministers are scrambling to setup meetings with Indonesia…no problem with that.
Singapore Attends Emergency Haze Meeting Convened By Indonesia
My suggestion for MOH is to be direct in your plans. Lay it out, what you guys are going to do. Be aggressively assertive over your position. (something like the SARS incident)
Ministry Of Health released Health advisory on haze – 20 June 2013
Minimise exposure by reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion
// Stay indoors as far as possible
// Reduce hours spent outdoors
// Reduce physical exertion
// Use N95 masks as appropriate, depending on (I) health status, (II) PSI level, (III) physical exertion and (IV) time spent outdoors
We are ready
* There is sufficient stock of N95 masks nationally to meet anticipated needs. N95 masks should be bought only when needed, there is no need to stockpile. The large retail/pharmacy chains (Guardian, Unity, Cold Storage and Giant) will have N95 masks available for purchase on their shelves by this evening.
* Hospitals and Polyclinics are on alert and ready.
* Additional bed capacity and manpower ready for deployment when needed.
* We will monitor the situation closely and respond accordingly.
Medical scheme to help those affected by the haze
MOH will implement a special scheme for the following groups suffering from respiratory problems and conjunctivitis because of the haze:
– Young Singaporeans 18 and below,
– Elderly Singaporeans 65 and above,
– Those who hold the following cards: Community Health Assistance Scheme (CHAS), Public Assistance (PA), Medical Fee Exception Card (MFEC), Medical Fee Assistance Card (MFAC)
// At Polyclinics
– All Singaporeans will pay no more than $10
– Scheme will be operational from 21 Jun 2013, 8 am.
// At designated GP clinics
– MOH will subsidise $30 per visit; most patients should pay $10
– Scheme will be operational at designated GP clinics progressively from 21 June, 12 noon. Please refer to the list of designated GP clinics