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Monday, June 24, 2013

Malaysia : Increase In Haze-related Illness Cases Building By Over 100 Per Cent For Asthma - Health DG

Via Bernama, excerpt :

" There has been a marked increase in the number of asthma and other haze-related respiratory cases seeking treatment at the hospitals and clinics in Johor and Melaka.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with regard to asthma cases, the increase had been more than 100 per cent since haze enveloped the two southern states.

"In Johor, the number of asthma cases increased by 122 per cent and in Melaka by 127 per cent," he told a news conference after launching the National-Level Patients Safety Campaign and Seminar, here, Monday.

He said upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) cases increased by 38.5 per cent in Johor and by 20.7 per cent in Melaka.

As for conjunctivitis cases, Melaka sees an increase of 63.6 per cent while there is no increase in Johor.

Dr Noor Hisham advised the public to reduce outdoor activities or use a face mask when outside the house.

He said in order to provide the best possible treatment for haze-related symptoms in the two worst affected states, the hospitals and clinics were now focusing on emergency cases."

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