Haze-related diseases rise by 40%, says Health ministry

Haze-related diseases rise by 40%, says Health ministry

The number of patients seeking treatment for conjunctivitis, asthma and skin rashes rose by 40% nationwide due to the prolonged haze.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the increase in the number of cases varied at different stations.

He said those recording a higher Air Pollutant Index (API) have more frequent cases of respiratory infections, conjunctivitis and skin rashes.

He advised the public to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activities during the haze period.

He was speaking to reporters after handing over certificate of appreciation for outstanding performances to the staff of the Labuan Health Department here Sunday (Sept 22).

"When going outside, it is necessary to take extra precautions as protection from the haze. Use face masks and constantly wash your face and exposed parts of the body, ’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari disclosed that the island had only recorded a below 5% increase in haze-related illnesses.

"So far, the API in Labuan has remained moderate level at between 70 and 80. Nevertheless, a surveillance conducted by my department found no significant rise of related illnesses," he said.

However, he said that the public must take the necessary precautionary measures until the haze cleared up.


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