Public urged to exercise caution throughout haze season

Dr Jamilah Hashim

KUCHING, August 11: In view of the present haze situation, the state Health Department is advising the public to exercise caution to reduce health risks, particularly in the northern region.

State Health Director Dr Jamilah Hashim in a statement stressed that those showing symptoms related to the haze should seek treatment immediately at the nearest medical facility.

“If you have symptoms like sore, watery eyes, irritation to the throat and sustained coughing, runny nose and sustained sneezing, difficulty in breathing or chest pain, and irritation to the skin, immediately seek treatment,” she said.

Dr Jamilah also advised the public to reduce outdoor activities and stay indoors as much as possible throughout the haze season, and drink at least eight glasses of water daily to maintain hydration.

“If you have to go outdoors, please wear a facemask, and wash and clean your face and exposed skin often.

“Those having illnesses such as coughing, flu, asthma, eye infections, and chronic lung disease should seek treatment immediately if their illnesses worsen,” she said.

For those using vehicles with air-conditioning, Dr Jamilah advised them to make sure their air-con is on internal circulation and to keep their vehicle windows closed.

During a bad haze situation, drivers should turn on their vehicle headlights for improved visibility, she added. — DayakDaily