63,261 People Diagnosed With Smog Related Illness in 20 Days

 | Wed 23 Mar 2016 10:48 ICT

CityNews – Dr. Paisarn Thanyawinichakul, doctor of Ministry of Public Health Chiang Mai, warned people to be extra careful during the smog season after 20 days of high smog levels resulted in over 60,000 people visiting hospitals.

Dr. Paisarn said that between March 1 – 20, 63,261 people were diagnosed with smog related illnesses, such as Cardiovascular Disease, Respiratory Disease, Eye problems and dermatitis.

The Ministry of Public Health Chiang Mai has brought 100,000 protective face masks and handed them out to hospitals and clinics to help with preventing smog related diseases. They have also donated 2,500 masks and 50 medical kits to the local fire department.

It is recommended that anyone wishing to do outdoor activities such and exercising or cycling should wear masks at all times. Those with elderly parents or young children should ensure they are safe and take them to hospitals if they begin to show even small symptoms related to smog.

Chiang Rai has seen the worst smog of the north this week, with AQI levels at 292, a level regarded as unhealthy with advice that all individuals should avoid outdoor activities.

Merchants in Chiang Rai have also said the smog is affecting their business as people do not want to go out.