Singaporeans were struck when they discovered that PSI reached 371. All people are hoping and praying that this haze condition will stop. But what if it continues to persist? This will be a big problem for all. If it will continue to persist, many people are worried that basic services will be disrupted.
The government assures the public that basic services will not be disrupted. NEA (National Environment Agency) told the public not to worry because dengue inspections, public cleaning and waste collections will continue. If the haze worsens, they will execute contingency plans. For hospitals or polyclinics, the Health Minister guaranteed that these institutions have contingency plans.
Minister Gan Kim Yong pointed out 3 crucial areas in their contingency plans-minimizing disturbance of daily services, meeting the demands if there is an influx of patients and ensuring the safety of every patient. The Minister revealed some of their contingency plans to include:
- Triage System – This system will allow doctors and other health care professionals to watch out for vulnerable patients. Vulnerable patients include those with chronic heart diseases and respiratory problems.
- Improved Waiting Areas – To provide relief from the haze, air conditioned waiting rooms are provided.
- Tele-Consulting – For follow up checkups, patients can now call for consultations that way they don’t need to travel and stay outdoors just to get through the hospital or clinics.
- More Hospital Beds – Hospitals are planning to provide more beds for patients just in case the haze worsens.
- Subsidy – Subsidy is provided for vulnerable patients (like children and elderly). These patients can get a S$30 subsidy when they see an accredited general practitioner.
The Minister said that for now, hospitals or polyclinics are managing the situation well. Hopefully the next few days will be better.