Masks distributed to most polluted kindergarten
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health distributed anti-air pollution masks to Kindergarten No.117 in Songinokhairkhan District, one of the most polluted districts in Ulaanbaatar.
More than 800 children attending the kindergarten received 3M masks that can be used for up to two weeks.
Experts said that 3M masks meet European standards and is made from non-woven cloth, which can filter up to 90 percent of pollutants in the air. They said that masks are vital for protecting children from particular matters and gaseous pollutants (PM10, PM2.5, NO2, SO2, and O3) that often exceed the recommended amount by two to 10 folds during winter in Ulaanbaatar.
Minister of Health D.Sarangerel underlined the importance of taking preventive measures against diseases caused by air pollution such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema. She warned that young children, pregnant women, elderly people and people with chronic illnesses are most vulnerable to these diseases.