Doctors gearing up for flood of patients affected by haze

SINGAPORE - Doctors are gearing up for a flood of patients affected by the haze, which crossed into the "hazardous" range yesterday.

The Raffles Medical chain for example, issued an advisory to clients on Monday, explaining the effects on the young, the elderly and those with chronic medical problems.

Dr Chng Shih Kiat, its Deputy Medical Director, said the haze could cause eye inflammation or conjunctivitis, irritate the throat and cause runny and blocked nose.

People with lung, heart or asthma problems might become breathless and have difficult breathing.

Those whose chronic conditions are aggravated by the haze should see a doctor immediately.

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Health advisory

Based on the 24-hour PSI readings, the Ministry of Health (MOH) advises that Singaporeans limit prolonged or heavy outdoor activities.

In particular, children, the elderly, and those with heart or lung diseases, should avoid outdoor activities and seek medical treatment early if they feel unwell.

MOH has activated the hospitals to prepare for the anticipated increase in the number of cases of asthma, bronchitis and conjunctivitis.

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