Haze update: PSI reading inches up to 91, free masks for the poor from Sunday

SINGAPORE - Households with a per-capita income of $900 or less are each eligible to receive four free N95 masks, and may visit the Community Clubs/Centres (CCs) from 9am Sunday to collect them.


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Here is the press release from the Ministry of Health:

The government will distribute free N95 masks to poorer households in all constituencies through the grassroots organisations from this weekend.

The Singapore Armed Forces will help transport the masks to the community centres/ community clubs islandwide, and the People's Association will assist in its distribution.

Said Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, "We understand the concerns by Singaporeans during this time. Haze-related ailments, such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, are generally not serious in nature for healthy individuals, but we do need to pay attention to the elderly and the young. Let's stay calm and take care of each other, especially our elderly and children. Keep them indoors and hydrated, and bring them to a clinic immediately if they feel unwell."

People's Association (PA) grassroots leaders have proactively started making house visits to distribute the masks to these residents from Saturday 22 June 2013.

Households with a per-capita income of $900 or less are eligible to receive free N95 masks, and may visit the Community Clubs/Centres from Sunday 23 June 2013, 9am for collection.

They will be verified through their membership in the Community Health Assist Scheme2 (CHAS) Blue scheme or through a simple self-declaration of income. Please refer to Annex A for a picture of the Blue Health Assist Card.

Those who have pre-existing diseases, particularly those with chronic medical conditions, heart and respiratory conditions, and have difficulty getting masks, can approach the Community Clubs/Centres for assistance.

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