In response to rising concerns about smog, the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF), led by Kashif Mirza Sadr, has issued health advisory guidelines aimed at safeguarding the well-being of schools, parents, students, and the wider community.
Kashif Mirza Sadr criticized the closure of educational institutions as an inadequate solution, emphasizing the need for competence in addressing the issue.
He pointed out that prolonged academic shutdowns have negatively impacted students, leading to a decline in academic performance.
The health advisory guidelines include practical steps to mitigate the impact of smog and promote safety:
Reduce outdoor exposure by avoiding crowded places.
Wear masks when venturing outside.
Stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade during outdoor activities.
Minimize strenuous outdoor work.
Cut down on driving and smoking to lessen personal environmental impact.
If driving is necessary, use headlights, fog lights, blinkers, and hazard lights, even during nighttime.
Close all air intakes, including windows, when indoors.
Asthma patients are advised to carry inhalers at all times.
Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should keep their doctor’s contact information accessible.
Be vigilant about inhaler accessibility for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.
In case of worsening conditions, have your doctor’s number readily available.
Recognize that pollution affects individuals differently, with some being more susceptible to its harmful effects.
Exercise additional precautions on extremely foggy days, especially for asthmatics, children, and the elderly.
Motorcyclists are urged to wear face masks and eye protection.
Maintain clean eyes and ensure an adequate intake of water.
These guidelines emphasize the importance of individual and collective responsibility to mitigate the impact of smog, recognizing the varying susceptibilities within the population.