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Haze outpatient departments must enhance operations
KUANTAN: All outpatient departments at government hospitals are asked to enhance services and operations as respiratory and eye problems are expected to rise with the return of the haze.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the hazy weather would impact on those with breathing and eye problems.
"As such, the outpatient departments need to be more prepared and provide prompt services to help them," he said.
He said this to reporters after a ceremony to hand over eight ambulances to the Pahang Health Department at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, here, today.
Liow, in the meantime, also advised the public especially those with breathing problems to reduce outside activities, to drink more water and wear a mask if they were outside the house.
He also said the ministry had lowered the response time for every emergency case to 15 minutes from 30 minutes this year.
As such, he said the ministry would increase the number of ambulances from time to time, namely, to 2,500 from 1,861 by next year. -- BERNAMA