Free disposable masks, mouth spray from Temasek Foundation after Singapore's National Day

The Temasek Foundation previously distributed free reusable masks through vending machines. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The Temasek Foundation will give out disposable masks and mouth spray after National Day (Aug 9), said Temasek Holdings chief executive Ho Ching on Wednesday (July 7).

"The next Stay Prepared exercise will be for disposable medical grade surgical masks and disposable N95 masks. Watch for news after National Day," said Ms Ho in a Facebook post.

This will be followed by another distribution exercise in September or October of a povidone-iodine mouth gargle, which can be used as a mouth spray, she added.

Stay Prepared is an initiative by the foundation to help prepare communities for emergencies such as Covid-19.

Under the initiative's Covid-19 response, it previously distributed free reusable masks through vending machines.

It is also currently distributing free oximeters, which measure blood oxygen levels, from July 5 to Aug 5 through major pharmacies and supermarket chains.

Around 300 FairPrice, Sheng Siong, Giant, Cold Storage, Watsons, Guardian and Unity outlets are currently collection points for the oximeters, which the foundation has no plans to sell.

Ms Ho also said in her post that discussions are ongoing to create new collection points in Prime Supermarket outlets.

Flyers were mailed to each household in Singapore between June 28 and July 3 to redeem the oximeters. Each flyer has a redemption tab that is needed for claiming the oximeters.

However, some people have reported throwing away the flyers with the tab, as they mistook it for an advertisement brochure.

Those who did not receive their leaflets can contact 1800-7382-000 and leave their name, contact number, and address for Temasek Foundation to get Singapore Post to conduct further checks, said Ms Ho in her post.

The foundation previously said that new leaflets would not be provided for those who threw away the flyer.

It also said the flyers are not unique to each household, so those who do not wish to redeem the oximeter can pass the flyer on to others to make the redemption.

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