Chil­dren to re­ceive free masks

The UB Post - - Domestic -

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.

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