Snippets from Parliament Q & A on haze situation

Snippets from Parliament Q & A on haze situation

Home delivery of medication if haze worsens

Should the haze situation worsen, the Health Ministry may arrange for the home delivery of medication for chronic patients.

Non-urgent health services and cases of elective treatment may also be scaled back at hospitals, if there is a need to free up hospital beds.

These are among possible measures in a plan drawn up by the Health Ministry to ensure Singapore remains prepared for worse bouts of haze in the future, disclosed Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Monday.

Other plans already in implementation include the transfer of some stable patients to nursing homes and community hospitals as well as the provision of air purifiers for vulnerable hospital patients.

Mr Gan was confident that hospitals had adequate manpower and supplies to ensure the continuation of critical services at all times.

Most firms stopped outdoor work during severe conditions

Two-thirds of 800 companies surveyed reported that they temporarily stopped outdoor work when PSI levels were "excessively high" during the haze crisis last month.

Most of the companies surveyed by the Workplace Safety and Health Council also put in place regular communications to employees and made adjustments to work, including allowing staff to work from home if possible.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary Hawazi Daipi, who reported these findings on Monday, said the Government applauded these firms for being proactive in handling the haze.

Employees who believe their health is at risk may raise their concerns with the Manpower Ministry, and errant employees may be fined up to $10,000 for the first offence, and fined $20,000 or jailed six months for subsequent offences.'

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