As I start this blog post, the PSI is presently at 292. I suppose I should be thankful this is merely 'very unhealthy' compared to the hazardous, record-breaking 371 at 1pm this afternoon. Last night when it breached 200 (from 190 to 299 in less than one hour), the nation went into state of shock. By this afternoon, it has breached 300. Will the PSI go any higher than the ridiculous 371? What exactly is Singapore's "haze action plan"? What is going to happen if the haze persists for many more days? Weeks? Months? What's going to happen when school re-opens in 10 days' time?
|What is the haze action plan? Is there one?|
Yes, I do blame the irresponsible companies in Indoland who have started the fires because it is the most convenient way to clear the land. I find it equally ridiculous that THEY are blaming us for the haze. I also count ourselves extremely unlucky that there is no rain and the winds are bringing the haze directly to us.
|Logically, people who queue for Hello Kitty in PSI 200 and above must be immune the haze. However, most of us aren't.|
|This is the only helpful national haze info I have come across at the moment. Surely more can be done?||.|
"Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday afternoon that there was 'no hard line' for when a stop-work order should be issued and that the decision to stop work would also depend on what kind of work it was." - Yahoo News
|A picture paints a thousand words.|
- As mentioned above, give FREE masks. Or at the very least, sell them at cost.
- Set up public Mask Distribution Centres. Stock up pharmacies such as Guardian and Watsons and get them to help distribute as well.
- Set up temporary clinics if need be and provide highly subsidized or free medical care, especially for those who need it immediately. There are plenty of poor, elderly and sick people who are enduring the smog because they cannot afford medical treatment.
- Provide online channels for people to make health queries and haze-related queries on the NEA website (besides simply displaying the value of the 3 hr PSI and a note that the weather is hazy.) Display these FAQs on the NEA website and provide directions to Mask Distribution Centres, as well as availability of masks at the respective centres.
- Provide 24hr hotlines for people (especially the elderly who do not use computers/understand English) to answer haze-related health queries. Publicize the hotlines on the NEA/MOH website for people to inform their elderly. Post it on all local TV channels, especially during prime time.
|The NEA website features a visit to the landfill. It also tells me the weather is HAZY. YOU DON'T SAY??|