DOH issues issues advisory on how to cope with haze

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Oct. 25 (PNA) — As the government continues to monitor the thick haze situation in Mindanao, the Department of Health (DOH) is advising the people, particularly the elderly, children and those with asthma or or other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPDs) on ways of coping with the risks of haze.

According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the haze from the forest fires in Indonesia can cause air pollution which can bring about increased risks for respiratory tract infections and cardiac ailments.

In the DOH advisory, Dr. Lee Suy said it is important for the vulnerable sectors of the population to stay indoors with good ventilation.

He added that it will help if appropriate dust masks will be worn when going outside the house.

He also said that refraining from physical activities in heavily populated areas is another way to counter haze so that the body may gain and maintain its strength or natural immune system.

He further reminded that staying away from low-lying areas where smoke and suspended particles tend to accumulate can help.

“Tune in to the radio or television for more health advisories and most importantly, consult the doctor if there is difficulty of breathing, cough, chest pain, increase tearing of eyes and nose and throat irritation,” the DOH spokesperson said.

He stressed that if a person feels something abnormal in his body, it is very important to seek consultation with a doctor for early treatment and better management.

The DOH official also reminded motorists that if they encounter haze on the roads, they should exercise extreme caution to prevent accidents.

He said that using headlights/fog lights is one way of exercising caution.

In addition, he cited the importance of following the required minimum speed limit and ensuring that the vehicle is in good running condition. (PNA)