KATHMANDU, March 27: As the air quality of the Kathmandu Valley deteriorates, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has directed people in the valley not to venture out doors unless necessary.
According to IQAir, Kathmandu topped the list of polluted cities followed by China’s Beijing, India’s Mumbai and Bangladesh’s Dhaka on Friday.
Kathmandu’s air quality on Friday deteriorated further as the highest fine particulate matters (Pm 2.5) index was recorded at 303.89 μg/m³ in the afternoon between 3 and 4.
The MoHP has asked ordinary people in Kathmandu Valley not to go for morning walk and play or do exercise outdoors. The health ministry has also urged elderly, children and those with chronic diseases to take special precaution while going outdoors.
Let’s not venture outdoors unless necessary. Wear face masks and adopt other precautions, reads a press statement issued by the ministry.
The ministry has also urged those involved in construction activities that are prone to pollution and dust in the valley to postpone their works for a few days in order to minimize the rising level of pollution in Kathmandu Valley.