Authorities check if haze caused the death of 2 people in GenSan

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  • Authorities check if haze caused the death of 2 people in GenSan
  • The two fatalities suffered from asthma attacks
  • DOH issues advisory on what people should do when there is haze

Authorities are checking if haze caused the death of two people in General Santos City.

In an article written by Andrei Medina of GMA News, it was disclosed that the fatalities suffered from asthma attacks. To note, some residents in Visayas and Mindanao regions has caught cough and colds after the haze from Indonesia reached these parts of the country.

As early as last week, some people in General Santos City started wearing masks as a precaution against the haze. Residents who are sensitive to particulates in the air, as well as those who currently have respiratory diseases, are advised by local health authorities to take extra precaution and avoid direct exposure to the thick haze as frequent exposure to it could trigger or aggravate asthma and other respiratory infections.

DOH advisory

Photo credit: DOH
Photo credit: DOH

Meanwhile, the Department of  our Health (DOH) issued an advisory on how to protect one’s health during haze.

“Haze due to forest fire can cause air pollution, which can bring about increased risks for respiratory tract infections and cardiac ailments,” the advisory stated.

During haze, the elderly, children, and those with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases should:

  • Stay indoors with good ventilation.
  • Wear appropriate dust masks when going outside the house.
  • Refrain from physical activities in heavily polluted areas.
  • Exercise extreme caution when on the road to prevent accidents.
  • Use headlights/fog lights.
  • Follow the required minimum speed level and extreme caution in low visibility driving.
  • Ensure that vehicle is in good running condition.
  • Stay away from low-lying areas where smoke and suspended particles may settle.
  • Tune in to the radio or television for more health advisories.

Moreover, one should consult a doctor when he/she has difficulty in breathing, chest pain, cough, increased tearing of the eyes and nose or throat irritation.