Masks a must for those with respiratory conditions in ashfall areas - DOH | Inquirer News

Masks a must for those with respiratory conditions in ashfall areas – DOH

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 09:23 AM January 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday advised individuals with pre-existing lung and respiratory conditions living in ashfall-affected areas due to Taal Volcano’s to continue wearing protective masks.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained this is to prevent their conditions from worsening.


“In the vulnerable areas where the volume of ashfall has been really massive, these are the people we need to prioritize, let me underscore that those with pre-existing conditions really really have to be monitored and taken care of,” Duque said in an interview on ANC when asked on the need to wear protective masks.

“The more important group of people would be the elderly suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, from asthma and other lung conditions that may be exacerbated by the inhalation of ashfall,” he said.


Residents of Quezon and Laguna should continue wearing masks since that is where the wind is blowing the ashfall, Duque advised.

“The ashfall in Manila could be very very light and it may not be necessary to be wearing masks as compared to where the wind is blowing the ashfall now in Quezon and in Laguna,” he said.

Taal Volcano is still on Alert Level 4, which means that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours or days.

Inquirer calls for support for the victims of Taal volcano eruption
Responding to appeals for help, the Inquirer is extending its relief to the families affected by the recent eruption of Taal volcano.
Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.
Inquiries may be addressed and emailed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through [email protected]
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Department of Health, DoH, Francisco Duque III, Taal eruption, Taal Volcano
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.