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Haze update: Don't worry about supply of masks, says Khaw

Published on Jun 23, 2013 12:04 PM
 
Customers queue up at Unity Phamarcy at Plaza Singapura's basement for the new batch of N95 masks. Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan has assured Singaporeans that they do not have to worry about the supply of masks. -- ST FILE PHOTO: EDWARD TEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan has assured Singaporeans that they do not have to worry about the supply of masks.

"Haze is very different from Sars. Sars was a very frightening period...there was a global shortage of masks. Haze only affects, in this case, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore. So any temporary shortage is only within these countries," he said on Sunday as he distributed free masks to needy residents in his Sembawang constituency.

"The Ministry of Health has started to reorder and too up the stockpile so Singaporeans do not have to worry about not getting supply," he added.

More than 280 households in two rental flats at Sembawang received free N95 masks on Sunday. Mr Khaw also visited a coffeeshop at Woodlands 11, an industrial building, and the Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang mosque to give out masks. Over 1,000 N95 masks were given.