Thailand — Haze is still posing threat to health of people in the North with health officials revealing over 7,000 patients seeing doctors at Chiang Mai hospital daily.
The increase in the number of people suffering from haze illness and the prevailing haze with air quality exceeding safety level prompted the deputy minister of Public Health Dr Somsak Chunharas and director general of Public Health Dr Pornthep Siriwanarangsan to call a meeting in Chiang Mai to discuss plans to cope with the situation, and to monitor the air quality closely.
Initially more than 100,000 sanitary masks were distributed to the people.
Health officials were also instructed to increase PR campaign advising people of risk groups to avoid outdoor exercises or wear face masks when going outside of houses.
The meeting was told of over 7,000 people having haze sickness or respiratory symptoms visiting Chiang Mai hospital daily.
Pollution control officials said although the smoky haze would slightly improve in most northern provinces but air quality remained hazardous to health with particulate matters exceeding safety level.