Authorities in Lahore have closed schools as smog has soared to an alarming level in the city. It is now posing a threat to the health of the public.
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An alert was issued across Punjab and special counters have been built in all the government hospitals, as per the Punjab Health Services Director General Dr. Haroon Jahangir Khan. A campaign has started to distribute masks and pamphlets in order to create awareness among the people living in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Okara, and Gujranwala. Furthermore, Dr. Khan said that arrangements have been made in order to provide medicines to all public hospitals.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar made the announcement that all public and private schools will be closed on Thursday due to the poor air quality index that reached over 580 in a few parts of the city.
People have been advised to ensure that the elderly and children are kept indoors with their windows closed, till the smog persists. The doctors have advised that the people who feel the effects of smog must drink a lot of water and wear face masks when they go outside.
Doctors have said that if motorcyclists do not wear helmets, they can even get killed due to smog. Senior Physician Dr. Faisal Rafiq said, “This problem of severe air pollution in the provincial capital has been present for the last several days.”