Sunday, June 16, 2013

Take precautions, public told

The Health Ministry has not raised any alarm over haze in the country, but those prone to health problems arising from air pollution are advised to take precautionary measures.

According to an archived post on the ministry’s website, those at risk of developing health effects from haze are children, the elderly, smokers and those suffering from heart diseases and respiratory problems, such as asthma and bronchitis.

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People in these groups are vulnerable if the Air Pollutant Index (API) goes above 101, indicating unhealthy air quality.

The general public, meanwhile, is listed as most likely to be affected if the API reaches 201 or above, and considered “very unhealthy”.

It is considered “hazardous” if the air quality climbs to above 300.

The effects of haze on health are associated with the severity of the air quality’s status. The higher the API level, the stronger the effects would be on health.
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