Haze: Avoid outdoor activities, wear masks when going out, says Health DG

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry is advising the public to take preventive measures following the higher Air Pollutant Index (API) readings in certain areas.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said preventive measures include limiting outdoor activities and wearing masks when going out.

“Physical activities will increase the breathing rate causing more suspended particles to enter the respiratory tract which can increase the risk of diseases due to haze.

“Drink at least eight glasses of water even if you do not feel thirsty to maintain the body’s hydration level,” he said in a statement on Monday (Oct 2).

He said that other preventive measures for the public to consider during the hazy weather includes closing their windows and avoiding smoking as it can contribute to the increase of air pollution in the house or buildings.

Dr Muhammad Radzi said the ministry will continue to monitor haze-related diseases at sentinel clinics from time to time.

“The public should seek treatment at the nearest health facility if they are feeling unwell,” he said while adding the public can obtain the list of preventive measures to reduce health effects of the haze on the ministry’s official website.

Dr Muhammad Radzi also advised the public to monitor the changes in air quality levels in their respective areas by visiting the Department of Environment’s (DoE) official website.

As of 4pm on Monday, a total of 12 areas recorded API readings at unhealthy levels with Nilai in Negri Sembilan being the most affected area with an API reading of 162.

An API reading of 0 to 50 is categorised as good; 51 to 100 (moderate); 101 to 200 (unhealthy); 201 to 300 (very unhealthy), and 300 and above as hazardous.

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