The haze in Singapore is unlikely to improve over the next few days.
With the hazy sky looming over our heads and with no improvement in the PSI, we have been advised to avoid any outdoor activity for a prolonged period of time. While you try to fight the haze with TCM remedies, or work on purifying the air indoors, you may still feel the effects of the haze.
Just yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the activation of the Haze Subsidy Scheme for Singaporeans.
From 16 September 2015, the Haze Subsidy Scheme will be available at all polyclinics and Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPC).
The scheme provides affordable treatments for haze-related conditions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conjunctivitis and upper respiratory tract infections (URTI).
Kids are highly encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible.
Singaporeans who are eligible for the scheme:
1. Children (aged 18 and below)
2. Elderly (aged 65 and above)
3. Lower and middle income Singaporeans who earn a monthly income of $1,800 and below (averaged over the last six months) based on self-declaration using a form.
4. Singapore citizens who are on the following schemes:
a. Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)
b. Public Assistance (PA)
c. Medical Fee Exemption Card (MFEC)
d. Medical Fee Assistance Card (MFAC)
e. Pioneer Generation (PG)
Pioneers will not pay more than $5 whereas other eligible Singaporeans will not pay more than $10. Public Assistance cardholders enjoy fully subsidised care.
For a full list of the participating clinics, click here.
Source: Ministry of Health