Mask mandatory in Kochi, health survey from Tuesday onwards: Minister Veena George

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Kochi: Health Minister Veena George Saturday requested the people in Kochi to wear masks due to the discharge of pollutants from the fire-hit Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant.

The minister also informed that the government would launch a health survey from Tuesday onwards to identify the health concerns among the public. Health workers will visit homes to conduct surveys.

While speaking at a review meeting of the health department in Kochi, Veena George requested the elderly, children, and pregnant women in the city to pay special attention to their health, owing to the discharge of smoke from the fire-hit Brahamapuram Solid Waste Treatment plant.

The minister assured expert treatment for those suffering from discomfort after inhaling smoke. "Medical camps will be organized to address the concerns of the people. The service of mobile units will also be made available for this purpose," she added.

"The services of specialist doctors of Kalamassery Medical College will be available at Kakkanad Public Health Centre. All urban health centres will have Shwas clinics to conduct pulmonary function tests. The mobile labs will have facilities for nebulization and pulmonary function tests. All these will be done under the leadership of the doctors of the health department and medical education department," she said. She also asked people to refrain from sharing false information and creating panic among the public.

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