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No danger of mask shortage in Singapore: PM Lee

Published on Jun 23, 2013 1:20 PM
 
A sign on the counter says "All kinds of face masks are sold out" at a pharmacy in Singapore on June 20, 2013. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sought to allay concerns of a shortage of face masks on Sunday, telling residents in his Ang Mo Kio constituency that there is enough stock for all Singaporeans. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sought to allay concerns of a shortage of face masks on Sunday, telling residents in his Ang Mo Kio constituency that there is enough stock for all Singaporeans.

His call for calm came as the Pollutant Standards Index hovered in the "moderate" range, after breaching hazardous levels last week.

Two days after many Singaporeans affected by the ongoing haze were unable to buy N95 masks at major pharmacies' as stocks had temporarily run out, PM Lee took the opportunity to give the reassurance that there is no danger of a mask shortage here.

The Ministry of Health's supply of nine million masks is currently being distributed around Singapore to the needy and elderly by grassroots leaders and full-time national servicemen.

 
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