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Gov't sourcing dust masks for some persons affected by Riverton smoke

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 1:53 PM

The government is moving to procure dust masks as part of its efforts to protect the health of persons living in the communities affected by heavy smoke caused by the fire at the Riverton City landfill.

That’s the word from State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government Colin Fagan who says the government is concerned that the smoke can cause health challenges for residents in affected communities.

Fagan apologised to the residents of those communities and gave the assurance that the government was doing everything possible to put out the fire, which is now in its third day.

Meanwhile Acting Director of Emergency, Disaster Preparedness and Special Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland has cautioned persons living or travelling in the vicinity of the landfill to keep their windows closed.

Dr Copeland says affected persons can also use a wet rag to cover their nose and mouth to reduce the effects of the smoke.

She says several health facilities around the affected communities will be open on the weekend to accommodate persons, who might experience respiratory problems.