Health Ministry Warns of Air Quality Deterioration Due to Ongoing Wildfires

Health Ministry Warns of Air Quality Deterioration Due to Ongoing Wildfires

The ongoing fires are now also posing a risk to the health of citizens across the country. Today, the Ministry of Health & Wellness issued a release expressing significant air quality concerns as a result of the fires in the south and west. The ministry says the wildfires have caused a substantial increase in air pollution due to smoke, which can lead to health risks for the population, especially vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. The government is advising residents to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed, use air purifiers, limit outdoor activities, and wear masks. The situation has also led to the Belize Red Cross Society working on the ground to assist residents. Yesterday, Andy Carrien, a volunteer, spoke about the NGO’s efforts that were launched in the Cayo District. 

Additionally, the government is obtaining air quality monitoring equipment that will be installed in strategic areas to detect changes in ambient air quality, which will assist in our national response and further decision-making on this matter.

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