1Malaysia clinics to hand out free masks

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  • Sunday, 16 Mar 2014

BALIK PULAU: 1Malaysia clinics and hospitals throughout the country will give out free face masks if the air quality reaches unhealthy levels, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said.

“So far, Penang’s air quality is considered safe, but the Air Pollution Index (API) in certain parts of Klang Valley had reached hazardous levels.

“The public, especially the elderly, should stay home and not be involved in any outdoor activities. They should also wear face masks to avoid breathing in the pollutants,” he said.

Klang’s API reached a hazardous level at noon on Friday at 315. Puchong, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam were not far behind.

Dr Hilmi, who earlier attended the launch of Community Transformation Centre in Balik Pulau yesterday, said the centre was meant for people living in areas away from towns.

“Instead of them travelling to towns, we are bringing the services from the National Registration Department, Inland Revenue Board and 1Malaysia Mobile Clinic to them,” he said.

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