Haze worsens in Visayas and Mindanao

Haze worsens in Visayas and Mindanao
by Josh Fishy - 10/23/2015

Reports have it that the Indonesia forest fire has caused what must have been the haze lingering over Visayas and Mindanao. For over a few weeks time since it has bothered the life of the locals in these two regions, this low lying smoke has been growing worse.

While people still do their daily rounds giving the impression of being unaffected, there is an unseen ill-effect on the human body, particularly on the respiratory system, that has slowly been unfolding itself as an individual inhales smoke regularly over a prolonged period of time.

One of the affected locals on the island of Mindanao is Thea, 3 years old, who suffers from a recurring cough that her mother, Rosalie, has made several trips to a doctor's clinic to have it checked. Though the doctor doesn't blame the haze that has covered their place, Rosalie thinks otherwise. She said that there is no other thing to be held responsible other than the smoke that hangs around the highlands where their homestead is situated.

According to Dr. Raymond Greg, a pulmonologist and a friend of mine that haze or any other type of smoke when inhaled repeatedly can cause a myriad of respiratory problems. He added that the most affected are children, elderly people, and those who have weak immune system.

A couple of weeks ago, these suspended particles were only hanging around mountainous areas. These past few days, however, the haze has crawled down into low-lying towns that some have started to wear gas masks while outside their homes.

Experts can't give us exactly as to when this haze would come to an end. But they are certain that once its source is over, people will be relieved from this misery.


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