Malaysia haze: Huge jump in asthma cases

PUTRAJAYA - Public hospitals have recorded an upsurge in asthma attacks, with those in Johor and Malacca jumping by more than 100 per cent due to the haze that has heavily enveloped the two states.

Other haze-related health complications have also increased, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

"In Johor, there was a 38.5 per cent increase in cases of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and asthma (122 per cent) while conjunctivitis cases remained unchanged.

"In Malacca, cases of asthma had also increased significantly by 127 per cent, URTI (20.7 per cent) and conjunctivitis (63.6 per cent)," Dr Noor Hisham announced on his Facebook page Monday.

Earlier at the ministry here, Dr Noor Hisham assured Malaysians that public hospitals were equipped and ready to manage the spike in the number of patients who may suffer from health complications due to the haze.

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