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Riverton fire day five: No air quality tests results yet

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 9:02 AM

Five days after the fire started at the Riverton City dump, the authorities are still unable to say the level of chemicals being inhaled by people affected by the smoke.

According to the Health Ministry, it will take another two days before any results are obtained.

Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, Dr Marion Bullock-Ducasse says efforts are underway to expedite the process of testing for volatile chemicals at a Canadian lab.

She says other air quality tests are being done locally.

At a press conference yesterday, Dr Bullock DuCasse disclosed that more than 600 people suffering from illnesses related to smoke inhalation and irritation have visited health facilities.

However, she says there have been no deaths.

Bullock-DuCasse says additional measures have been put in place provide assistance to persons seeking healthcare.