The Southeast Asia haze event was as a result of continued
burning of land and forests from the slash and burn
cultivation activities in Indonesia. The effect was so great
that it was not only felt in Indonesia but also in Malaysia,
Southern Thailand, Singapore, and Saipan. The effects could
have also reached South Korea. The effects are associated
with local sources of pollution which contributed to high
toxicity levels especially in densely populated areas
including oil refineries, and urban areas. The most affected
location was such places as Klang Valley in Malaysia where
the terrain retained the polluted area making the situation
worse when the haze began.
Handling the Unhealthy Haze Level in Singapore
There are numerous ways of handling and preventing the
levels of haze in Singapore which include the following 5
Staying indoors and keeping the air clean. During such
kind of a condition, people are advised to avoid staying
outside and maintain the windows closed as much as it would
be possible. People are encouraged to maximum use air
conditioners and other equipment that facilitate fresh air
in the houses. This may include use of air filters in closed
Everyone must avoid exposure. This is the easiest way of
dealing with haze. People should also avoid practicing in
the open because aerobic exercises make people to breathe
deeply which facilitate inhaling the pollutants deep into
the lungs. People must also avoid smoking because smokes
make the lungs sensitive to air pollutant effects.
Wearing of protective clothing such as mask. The
international organizations advice that the people that
suffer from respiratory infections should take extra care.
They recommend that the people should wear protective
garment such as masks among others which will ensure that
their situation is not aggravated by the pollutions.
However, these masks must be changed when they get soiled or
Alleviating the symptoms.
Another way to mitigate haze is ensuring that the symptoms
of the condition are dealt with as soon as they arise. The
condition is characterized by irritation of skin, eyes,
nose, throat, and airways among others. It has the following
as the most common signs and symptoms running nose, dry
throat, sneezing, and coughing. The conditions can mitigate
by coughing tablets and mixtures.
To treat the eyes, the following should be put into
consideration. Applying tear supplements such as saline
will help in washing of the compounds of haze. The other
solution that one can consider is changing of the diet he or
she has been consuming. This should be done in cases of
persistence of the haze condition. The nutrients that one
changes to are the nutrients essential in protecting him or
her against the pollutant's effects.
The nutrients that are essential for protecting against haze
include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. The foods that
are rich in Vitamin A are carrots, mangoes, lever, and sweet
potatoes. These are crucial in aiding in protection of the
eyes and the lungs among others. Vitamin C and E work
together in maintaining the health of the tissues and thus
should be considered to be added in the diet. Finally,
Selenium should be added in the diet. It is essential
because it plays a role in activating certain enzymes
essential in keeping the lungs in an elastic state. The
foods rich in selenium are fish, and grains.