HEPA air purifiers distributed to hospitals
The Ulaanbaatar Clean Air Project has handed over 200 high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter air purifiers to 11 hospitals and clinics operating in Ulaanbaatar to prevent all types of diseases.
The handing over ceremony took place at Chingeltei District Health Center on November 8 with attendance from Deputy Ulaanbaatar Mayor J.Batbayasgalan, Chingeltei District Mayor J.Erdenebat, Director of the Ulaanbaatar Health Office L.Tumurbaatar, and other representatives from other hospitals and clinics.
Deputy Mayor J.Batbayasgalan noted that the new air purifiers will contribute considerably in reducing adverse impacts of both indoor and outdoor air pollution in hospitals. He reminded that smog can increase the risk of diseases among children below the age of five getting affected with pneumonia and older people with lung and cardiovascular disorders.
Experts said that the HEPA filtration helps remove up to 99 percent of airborne contaminants such as pollen, pet dander, dust and tobacco smoke, and is power-efficient. It’s said to be user-friendly with nighttime settings. Officials underscored that these donations will provide a healthy environment for nearly 50 children admitted to each hospital.
“It’s essential for parents and guardians to protect themselves and their children from risks of being affected with respiratory illnesses now that the prevalence of such diseases are on the rise. In particular, everyone needs to pay attention to improving indoor air quality more than outdoor air pollutions,” Director of the Ulaanbaatar
Health Office L.Tumurbaatar said.
He then shared the following recommendations for improving indoor air quality.
1. Make a habit of using masks to prevent respiratory illnesses. (Both children and adults spend an average of 10 hours outdoors commuting to and from school or workplace a week, according to a recent study.)
2. Use HEPA air purifiers at home, offices, and schools. (Experts believe that people need to take measures to improve indoor air quality as studies show that people spend around 90 percent of their lifetime indoors.)
“There’s a tendency for the occurrence of respiratory illnesses, influenza and influenza-like illness to escalate during cold seasons in Mongolia. People do not catch the cold or influenza because of smog. Influenza is caused by viruses. Around 80 percent of influenza-affected patients are children,” L.Tumurbaatar said, and explained that the Ulaanbaatar City Council decided to distribute air purifiers to hospitals and clinics in an effort to enhance indoor air quality and enable patients to recover faster.
City officials promised to carry out projects to improve indoor air quality and public health in stages.
“We will take other measures for preventing indoor air pollution. We plan to place permanent air purifiers in hospitals in the future,” an officials stated.