Haze Subsidy Scheme to Cease from 23 Nov

There will be no more subsidies for haze-related conditions from Monday (23 Nov).

On Sunday, the NEA said an increase in rain showers over the past two weeks signalled the end of the traditional dry season. It is expecting more rain in the coming weeks with the onset of the north-east monsoon next month

As conditions have improved and the National Environment Agency (NEA) has advised that the likelihood of transboundary smoke remains low for the rest of the year, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will stop the Haze Subsidy Scheme with effect from 23 Nov.

The Haze Subsidy Scheme was reactivated on 16 Sep to give children, the elderly and lower- and middle-income Singaporeans access to treatment for haze-related conditions. These include asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, conjunctivitis and upper respiratory tract infections.

MOH estimated that about 50,000 had benefited from the scheme.

Source: “Haze Subsidy Scheme to cease from Monday” (The Straits Times, 17 Nov 2015)

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