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Parents urged to watch children as Riverton fire continues

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 7:34 PM
Smoke rises from the Riverton City dump as a four-day-old fire continues to burn.

As the fire at the Riverton City landfill in St Andrew continues to burn for a third day, a senior health official is this evening urging parents and guardians to pay special attention to young children especially those with respiratory illnesses.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse is also appealing to persons who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses to use a clean damp rag to cover their mouth and nose in order to protect themselves from inhalation of dust particles from the fire.

Dr DuCasse says children should be kept indoors as much as possible and that windows and doors should be kept closed to prevent exposure to the smoke and dust that have engulfed much of the Corporate Area and parts of St Catherine.

She says persons with chronic respiratory illnesses or recent respiratory infections should not participate in any outdoor activity in affected areas.

And the health ministry says a number of health centres in the Corporate Area will be opened tomorrow to continue treating persons affected by the smoke.

Among them are the Maxfield Park, Glen Vincent and Edna Manley health centres, in St Andrew and the St Jago Park Health Centre in St Catherine.