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For immediate release 12.00pm Wednesday 19 February 2014
GML Advice to Community on Coal Fire Smoke
Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) is providing advice to all Morwell and district residents close to the Hazelwood mine fires to take all precautions in respect of their personal health.
GML Board Chair Dr Nola Maxfield said the smoke from this fire continues to affect local communities and people should heed advice from health and government authorities.
“We are urging all Morwell residents in particular to closely monitor their personal health over the coming days and follow advice from the state government Department of Health on avoiding the smoke,” Dr Maxfield said.
“High levels of poor quality air can affect people in different ways exacerbating existing medical conditions and putting our more vulnerable younger and older community members at risk.”
Dr Maxfield urged residents to see their GP immediately if they are unwell and take care of family and friends who may not be able to cope as well.
“Excessive exposure to this smoke can lead to symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing and those residents should seek medical advice promptly.
The state government’s Depart of Health has provided advice on the current bushfire conditions and this can be found at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/chiefhealthofficer/alerts/alert-2014-02-smoke-warning-latrobevalley.htm