Insect repellent at community clubs for pregnant women

Mosquito repellent products at an NTUC FairPrice Xtra  in Hougang. Insect repellents will be available for pregnant women at all community clubs in Singapore from Sept 10.
Mosquito repellent products at an NTUC FairPrice Xtra in Hougang. Insect repellents will be available for pregnant women at all community clubs in Singapore from Sept 10. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Pregnant women will be able to get free insect repellents at all community clubs in Singapore from Saturday (Sept 10), said the People's Association (PA).

This will allow them to quickly get their hands on insect repellents, which are in high demand now, even if retailers run out of stock.

"While we have stepped up our efforts to rally the community to work together to eradicate Zika at source, we also wanted to do more for our mums-to-be. We have quickly worked with the relevant agencies to secure insect repellents for them," said chief executive director of the PA Ang Hak Seng.

The PA said it has worked with the National Environment Agency and Ministry of Health to secure 30,000 bottles of 30ml travel-sized insect repellents.

Pregnant women who are unable to purchase insect repellents through the retail stores can collect one bottle of repellent spray at any community club.

The travel-sized bottle can last about three days of regular application by one person, PA said.

Singapore's largest supermarket chain FairPrice has said that sales of anti-mosquito products went up by about 10 times after locally transmitted cases of Zika were reported in Singapore.

To collect the bottle, the women will need to show their maternity appointment card. They can find locate the clubs at PA’s website.