Singapore hospitals take steps to protect patients from haze; air quality forecast to improve

Elderly patients closely monitored; portable air-con units installed in subsidised wards

Senior security officer Haron Jasmin is safe at Alexandra Hospital with a portable air-conditioning unit and an air purifier (blue) providing ventilation. Beside him is his wife Rabiah Tik, 65, who was visiting yesterday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG Peo
Senior security officer Haron Jasmin is safe at Alexandra Hospital with a portable air-conditioning unit and an air purifier (blue) providing ventilation. Beside him is his wife Rabiah Tik, 65, who was visiting yesterday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Senior security officer Haron Jasmin is safe at Alexandra Hospital with a portable air-conditioning unit and an air purifier (blue) providing ventilation. Beside him is his wife Rabiah Tik, 65, who was visiting yesterday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG Peo
People have started wearing masks to protect themselves from the haze, like these two women at Raffles Place yesterday afternoon. Showers expected today could bring some respite. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Public sector hospitals have been closing the windows in subsidised wards and ventilating them with portable air-conditioning units to protect patients from the haze.

They are also actively monitoring their patients, many of whom are elderly and hence more susceptible to the effects of haze, so that remedial action can be taken immediately.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore hospitals take steps to protect patients from haze'. Subscribe