DOH-ARMM tells public to stay indoors, avoid haze PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2015 16:16

Health officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Friday advised the public to stay indoors, unless necessary, to avoid suffering from respiratory diseases due to haze now covering most of Southern Mindanao region.

”Don’t underestimate the ill effects of haze. It’s worsening the already compromised quality of air that we breathe imposing health risks to everybody,” Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, Jr, regional secretary for Department of Health (DOH-ARMM) said.

Sinolinding said the haze, which engulfed most parts of Mindanao and forced cancellation of airline travel to and from major cities to Manila, is a fine dust, smoke, or light vapor, causing lack of transparency in the air.

Haze has been in Mindanao skies since Oct. 17 brought by winds from vast forest fires in Indonesia.

”The haze aggravates the quality of the air that we breathe and some people may experience the following signs and symptoms, namely eye irritation, itchy and runny nose, sneezing, dry throat and coughs,” Sinolinding said.

”We advised the people to take adequate amount of water, drink cough preparations if cough is manifested, OTC (over the counter) antihistamines for allergic reaction or upon the advice of a physician,” Sinolinding said in an advisory released Friday afternoon.

”Everyone is encouraged to stay indoors and joggers should wear protective masks or forego activities till the air clears,” he added.

Meanwhile, Charlene Jamero, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) weather specialist, said PAL and Cebu Pacific flights to Cotabato from Manila remained cancelled.

Air travel to and from the Cotabato airport had been suspended since Saturday last week.

”The haze is thicker now so we maintain our no-takeoff, no-landing policy,” she told reporters.