THE Ministry of Health (MoH) is advising people who suffer from respiratory problems and cardiovascular disease, children, and the elderly to refrain from visiting neighbouring countries that are affected by haze, caused by forest fires, during this traditional dry period.
A statement provided by the MoH on Saturday said that outdoor activities should be limited while in the affected areas.
The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRE) under the Ministry of Development has reported that the air quality in the Sultanate last week, based on the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI), was "good".
However, the public is advised to limit their outdoor activities in case the haze worsens.
As of 5pm on Friday, the PSI reading recorded was 37; readings below 50 is considered good, while numbers between 51-100 is moderate; above 101 is considered unhealthy.
The statement also mentioned that the haze can cause coughing, a runny nose, watery and irritated eyes, sore throat and shortness of breath.
The MoH will continue to provide updated information from time to time. Further information can be obtained via www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the hotline 145. Sally Piri The Brunei Times
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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