Chiangmai Launches Clean-Air Initiatives Amid Pollution Crisis


Chiang Mai is combating the escalating fine dust pollution issue by inaugurating clean-air facilities aimed at aiding residents impacted by the severe haze affecting the province and broader northern region.

Chiang Mai Governor Nirat Phongsitthithawon announced during a recent meeting at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital that the strategy involves deploying mobile medical units to provide health advice and services to vulnerable groups, including the elderly and those with chronic conditions.

Local administrative bodies have also been directed to create clean air zones, with a requirement of at least three such spaces in each organization, targeting areas where populations at risk are substantial and in medical facilities where the pollution reaches hazardous levels.

Nirat further noted the collaboration between the provincial public health office and multiple sectors to offer essential medical support to approximately 420,000 individuals susceptible to haze-related ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and cardiovascular diseases.

Responsible agencies have also been tasked with intensifying efforts to prevent wildfires and agricultural burning. This includes deploying rain-making aircraft and offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for illegal burning.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.