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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Govt urged to give free mask vs air pollution


Due to a high level of pollution in some other areas in the Philippines, a group of cardiologists said it is important to people who are exposed to pollution to wear mask especially those who are near on busy streets such as EDSA.  Dr. Jorge Sison, chairman of the cardiologists in Manila Medical Center said continued exposure to smog in busy streets like these can cause heart problems.



Due to a high level of pollution in some other areas in the Philippines, a group of cardiologists said it is important to people who are exposed to pollution to wear mask especially those who are near on busy streets such as EDSA.

Dr. Jorge Sison, chairman of the cardiologists in Manila Medical Center said continued exposure to smog in busy streets like these can cause heart problems.




Sison added air pollution can also contribute to stroke and high blood.

Because of this, his group is planning to call the attention of Department of Health (DOH) to provide fee mask for the public because not all can afford to buy.

If a mask is not available and handkerchief may help.


But the expert said this is just a temporary solution to the problem and strict implementation of the Clean Air Act is needed.

Dr. Hans Ramos, a pulmonologist from Medical City, said pollution can lead to illnesses, such as tuberculosis and lung cancer.


"The most vulnerable patients would include children and the elderly because children their lungs are still trying to develop while the elderly, their lungs have already deteriorated," said Ramos.

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