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Half-million in Chiang Mai in desperate need of facemasks

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Half-million in Chiang Mai in desperate need of facemasks

By The Nation

 

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Chiang Mai, strangling in haze, continues to plea urgently for donations of N95-grade facemasks for 500,000 citizens as well as air-purifiers to establish “clean rooms” at 230 hospitals.
 

The chamber of commerce in neighbouring Mae Hong Son has made a similar appeal. It can be contacted at 053 612 999

 

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A source at the Chiang Mai provincial health office, which will distribute the facemasks, said 500,000 people considered at greatest risk from the pollution had been registered to receive masks. Only about 1,000 N95 facemasks remained in hand.

 

Chiang Mai Governor Supachai Iamsuwan issued a formal appeal for donations on Saturday. 

 

Donated masks and purifiers can be left at the health office or at the Government Complex on Chotana Road. 

 

In the clean rooms being set up at community and tambon health-promotion hospitals for pollution sufferers, air-filter sheets are inserted inside fan grills, a DIY approach that could be copied in private residences.

 

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The source said donations of conventional air purifiers were also welcomed. 

 

The health office is monitoring the pollution via the Chiang Mai Air Quality Health Index (CMAQHI) Centre and DustBoy devices that gauge the situation in real time, which are installed at community hospitals.

 

Critical levels are promptly reported to the public, the source said.

 

The CMAQHI website (cmaqhi.org) at 9am on Sunday showed dangerously high levels of PM2.5 – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter. 

 

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Tambon Kud Chang in Mae Taeng district was at 492.57 micrograms per cubic metre of air, 10 times the safe limit recognised in Thailand, and an AQI of 496.

 

Tambon Ban Pong in Phrao district was at 425.63mcg and AQI 451, and Mae Taeng in Mae Taeng district 370.05mcg and AQI 414.

 

At the same hour on Sunday, the Pollution Control Department put the 24-hour PM2.5 average in nine northern provinces between 43 and 353mcg. 

 

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Tambon Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district was at 353mcg, Wiang in Muang Chiang Rai 305, Jong Kham in Muang Mae Hong Son 245 and Ban Tom in Muang Phayao 243.

 

Chang Pheuk, Sri Phum and Suthep in Muang Chiang Mai were at 183, 172 and 98mcg respectively, while Chang Kerng in Mae Chaem was at 93mcg.

Pls donation at : 

 

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30366860

 

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As a bank clerk in CM I would be armed to the teeth by now...

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they need some new designed mask that allows somschai to be able to continue smoking through it 

 

there must always be a defeat for every purpose... 

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I can sell them 500,000 for 50 million baht.  Supply/Demand.  If anyone needs one, I'm selling some super rare hospital face masks for 2000 each.  Can only sell 10 at a time.

 

I gotta get mine.....

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Easy quick solution.  STOP burning stuff.  Morons!

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It needs a serious rich kid to be burnt alive until something is happening. Maybe Prayut's imminent little excursion to Chiang Mai is severely interrupted by not being able to land due to the haze; all those governmental backside lickers would queue up ....... for nothing and could return to their coughingly pleasant homes. 

The government has tax payers money to burn (no pun intended) for three sub marines and other toys for the big kids in green; why not send up these sub marines to help the citizen of entire Northern and Northeastern Thailand. 

Wondering what all those soldiers and police (230'000 of them, I learnt) are doing to serve the people. The government is here to serve the people and not the other way round. 

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8 hours ago, khwaibah said:

Bangkok says stuff it Chiang Mai only Bangkok counts.😏

Did BKK make fires which you're smelling now?

 

 

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I don't understand.  The government plainly stated that there is no emergency, so there is no problem, so obviously no face-masks are needed.  I completely trust the government - there must be some misunderstanding about the air quality which must be OK because there is no emergency - no problem at all.   

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This is a problem that has an easy and cost effective fix, but demonstrates absolute abuse of power and lowest IQ behavior. And now people are pleading for N95 masks.  I have zero sympathy for idiotic behavior such as this.  This is akin to shooting yourself in the foot and complaining it hurts. Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again, but expecting a different result.   

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I can sell them 500,000 for 50 million baht.  Supply/Demand.  If anyone needs one, I'm selling some super rare hospital face masks for 2000 each.  Can only sell 10 at a time.
 
I gotta get mine.....


I can sell them 500,000 masks for 50 million too. Then I’ll deliver 250,000 substandard masks that cost me a fraction of the price and I’ll split the difference with whoever was responsible for authorizing payment.


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Another example of the hapless junta not caring one iota for the national well being. These masks could have been ordered months ago and should be supplied free of charge, out of shame for not being able to do a single thing to limit the burning, the mass proliferation of diesel vehicles that are being phased out worldwide and the coal and diesel burning power plants. They have done nothing. Less than zero. They are barely enforcing any standards towards the diesel vehicles already on the road that are not being maintained. Nearly all the blame rests on the very small shoulders of Prayuth and his incompetent army. 

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