Children to receive free masks
First and second graders who live in zones with hazardous air pollution levels are to receive free pollution masks from Cycle Shopping Center, which is keen to fulfill their corporate social responsibility. Children of School No. 39 will receive 5,000 standard PM 2.5 filtering masks reported the shop on November 27.
Sales manager Kh.Zolboo said, “As you all may be aware, air pollution is at the level where it can seriously affect people’s health. Especially young children are threatened by it as PM 2.5 affects children the most. Studies have proven that the particulate matter negatively affects brain development of children. Therefore, with the aim of fulfilling our social responsibility, our center has chosen general education schools in areas that are most affected by pollution, one of which was School No. 39 in Chingildei District. As for now, preparations for the distribution of pollution masks for children have been completed.”
UNICEF has stated that air pollution affects the brain development of children and infants negatively. The primary step to protection children from air pollution comes from wearing pollution masks. There are about 400 children in School No. 39’s elementary classes. Kh.Zolzaya, teacher of School No. 39 said, “About 10 percent of the children stay at home because of the air pollution. During the cold season, children's throats hurt and they get cold so they are absent from school much of the time. Due to this, many of them are behind on their study and the teachers spend a lot of time to have them catch up as well.”
“Even though there are air purifiers, children are affected by air pollution drastically on their way to school and on the way back. Parents have their kids wear cotton masks, but not all of them. It is important that we get the kids used to wearing air masks in order to protect them from air pollution. This is particularly important because children are not used to wearing them,” she added.
The PM 2.5 pollution masks can filter up to 70-80 percent of the particulate matterin the air. They cost around 8,000 to 15,000 MNT.