More than 38,000 Bangkokians seek treatment for respiratory illnesses


BANGKOK — A report on Monday by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) revealed more than 38,000 people in the capital’s two main districts have sought medical treatment for respiratory illnesses at its hospitals since September last year.

In addition, the unsafe levels of particulate matters clouding the two districts were also reported on Monday by BMA’s Environment Department. They encourage residents to wear masks whenever they are outdoors to protect themselves.

“Bangkok’s two main districts, Phra Nakhon and Wang Thonglang, have indicated its PM2.5 at 31-54mg per cubic meter of air in the past 24 hours while the safe threshold is at 50mcg,” the BMA Environment Department said.

“PM2.5 was at 54mcg at Phra Nakhon district and 52mcg at Wang Thonglang district.”

In a report from Khaosod English, BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesaengsoon said the BMA ordered its Taksin Hospital, Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital and Klang Hospital to open their air pollution clinics to treat people.

There were 38,803 people who sought medical treatment for respiratory illnesses related to smog at hospitals under the supervision of the BMA from September 27 last year to January 9 this year, the BMA Health Department said.

Source: Khaosod English

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