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Respiratory problems raise concerns in Phitsanulok

Jan 22. 2020
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By The Nation

The Phitsanulok Provincial Health Office reported on Wednesday (January 22) that the level of pollutants in the air had risen to 57- 92 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3), exceeding the official standard of 50mcg per cubic metre and far beyond the WHO standard of 25mcg.

As of January 20, 3,516 persons had suffered respiratory problems caused by air pollution in nine districts of the province this year, including 742 in Mueng district and 692 in WangThong district. The record shows there were 15,432 persons with respiratory problems in 2019

The office has instructed related agencies to monitor the spread of respiratory sickness among people in the province, while health officials and volunteers will advise precautionary measures against the PM 2.5 dust particle, especially to the elderly.

Piya Siriluk, a doctor in Phitsanulok, warned people to reduce or stop activities that may lead to dust rising into the air.

Many in the province are using mist sprayers to alleviate the problem of dust coming from construction sites and traffics in nearby areas.

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