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SERHA urges persons affected by smoke to wear mask

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 8:41 AM
Students from Portsmouth Primary walk towards their home in the adjoining community of Waterford, after classes at the institution were suspended due to smoke from the Riverton City dump in St Andrew last week

Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke, is reminding persons in areas affected by smoke from the Riverton Disposal Site to cover their noses and mouths with a mask or a damp cloth.

Cooke says persons should wear the N95 mask because it protects the individual from inhaling particulate matter of varying sizes that may emanate from the burning site.

He says these masks can be purchased at most pharmacies and hardware stores.

Meanwhile, Cooke is seeking to assure that the health authorities have done everything in their powers to try to ensure that there is no health fallout because of the ongoing fire at Riverton.

The facility has been on fire since last week Wednesday.

The SERHA chairman says more than 50 nebulizers are to be distributed across the region to all major hospitals and to some health centres.

He says some health centres are to be opened on the weekend to ease the pressure at hospitals.

Cooke adds that special arrangements have been made at all major hospitals in the region to facilitate any patient who has had respiratory challenges from smoke inhalation.