President Tony Tan was at Melrose Home today to give out Air+ Smart masks and Air+ Micro ventilators to 30 children as part of a Temasek Cares initiative to help Singaporeans cope with emergencies.

13,000 children aged seven to 14 years old living in children’s homes or from low-income families will receive the masks and ventilators. At Melrose Home, Dr Tan demonstrated and guided the children on the correct way to wear the masks and use the ventilators.

The Air+ Smart Mask was developed by ST Engineering subsidiary Innosparks. It comes in three sizes, and was tested in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to assess its fit on children.

Temasek Cares chairman Richard Magnus said: “Children are precious to us and they hold a special place in our hearts. We need to help them to cope with unexpected and unforeseen events like severe haze and flu pandemic. Previously, we distributed N95 masks to all households but now that we have special masks that can fit children, Temasek Cares wants to ensure that our children are also protected.”

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