SINGAPORE - The hazy skies have cleared this week, and Singaporeans have resumed their daily activities, be it dining out or taking a stroll in the park over the weekend.
What struck me during this period was how resilient Singaporeans are. I saw for myself how family members looked out for one another, ensuring that the elderly and the young took the necessary precautions when the haze worsened.
At the community level, I was heartened to see how the grassroots swung into action, with members volunteering their time and resources to look after the frail and the vulnerable.
I was out on the ground with my grassroots leaders and residents, increasing awareness of haze and advising them on what they could do to care for themselves during this period.
Like the other sectors, the Ministry of Health put in place plans to minimise any possible disruption caused by the haze. These included working with our healthcare institutions to ensure that patient care would not be compromised.
We also rolled out the haze subsidy scheme, to ensure that vulnerable and needy Singaporeans would not need to pay more than $10 for a visit to the doctor for ailments which might have been brought on by the haze.
I am glad that, to date, about 660 private clinics have joined the scheme. We hope that more GPs will come on board.