Work from home, BMA urges

Work from home, BMA urges

City Hall is urging Bangkok residents to work from home until tomorrow amid reports of increasing levels of the hazardous PM2.5 pollutants across the capital.

Average levels of the ultra-fine dust are expected to continue increasing until tomorrow, City Hall said yesterday, adding PM2.5 levels will remain at unhealthy levels until at least next month.

As such, it is urging businesses across Bangkok to allow their employees to work from home, at least until tomorrow, so they can limit their exposure to the toxic pollutants.

Deputy director of City Hall's Envi- ronment Department, Worranut Suaykhakhao, 11 companies have agreed to the recommendation.

She said the city will open two more "pollution clinics" to accommodate the growing number of residents whose health has been harmed by pollution.

Separately, governor Chadchart Sittipunt met Pinsak Suraswadi, the chief of the Pollution Control Department (PCD), yesterday to discuss efforts to minimise dust pollution across Bangkok.

While the capital's dust situation isn't at a critical level, City Hall and the PCD will clamp down on activities which contribute to the worsening air quality across Bangkok, such as burning rubbish outside of homes.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong, permanent secretary for health, said yesterday atmospheric levels of PM2.5 dust are increasing nationwide.

According to the Public Health Ministry, 24 provinces, including Bangkok, are reporting high levels of fine dust in the air, with 212,674 people reporting they feel sick because of the pollution.

Provinces which report PM2.5 readings over 51 microgrammes per cubic metre for three consecutive days will be required to open up a Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC), which will monitor the overall situation in their respective areas, Dr Opas said. This will ensure a timely response to the problem.

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