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Air-con for subsidised wards: Debate gets another airing

Haze measures spark comments, but readers divided over installing of permanent air-con

A portable air-conditioning unit and an air purifier (blue) providing ventilation at Alexandra Hospital this month. The Ministry of Health has reminded hospitals, polyclinics and nursing homes "to put in place haze-preparedness measures".
A portable air-conditioning unit and an air purifier (blue) providing ventilation at Alexandra Hospital this month. The Ministry of Health has reminded hospitals, polyclinics and nursing homes "to put in place haze-preparedness measures". ST FILE PHOTO
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One Straits Times Facebook reader said of the subsidised hospital wards here that do not have air-conditioning: "Welcome to hell."

However, others said air-conditioning the wards would be like a frozen hell for their elderly parents, who felt cold despite burrowing into sweaters and multiple blankets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 29, 2019, with the headline Air-con for subsidised wards: Debate gets another airing. Subscribe