Avoid morning walks, outdoor exercise


Doctors have advised people to stay indoors to prevent themselves from hazardous haze blanketing Kathmandu valley.

"An exposure to smog can cause a variety of adverse health effects. People with respiratory illnesses should exercise extra caution," said Anup Bastola, consultant tropical medicine, Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital.

"People with asthma, those who had suffered from pneumonia in the past. those suffering from pneumonia, and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should stay indoors as much as possible," advised Bastola.

Many people today complained of irritation and burning sensation in their eyes. "Smog causes that. It can also cause skin allergies and cough," added Bastola.

The health ministry has asked those venturing out of home to compulsorily wear mask.

Issuing a five-point appeal to the public today, the Ministry of Health and Population has asked people to avoid open spaces. It has urged people not to go on morning walks and avoid physical exercise in the open. It has asked people to take extra care of children, people with chronic illnesses, and elderly people.

The health ministry has appealed people not to burn waste materials. "If you see anyone doing so, ask them to desist from it," the health ministry said.

It has requested people to put off construction and activities that add to air pollution for a few days, till smog clears.

"Do not drive vehicles unless necessary. Let's minimise air pollution," the health ministry said.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 27, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.