By Evan Orias
February 20, 2017
TRAFFIC enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who are not wearing masks are exposed to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Emma Gaspar-Trinidad, a cardiologist from the Manila Medical Center, said traffic enforcers might get chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart diseases like hypertension.

Data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources showed that the amount of pollution in Metro Manila was at 120 micrograms per cubic meter in 2015, which is 30 micrograms higher than the standard safe level.

Trinidad urged MMDA general manager Thomas Orbos to provide masks for traffic enforcers and street sweepers since they are exposed to fumes.

She also said the government should apprehend smoke belchers.

Trinidad said the blue and green surgical masks are not enough to filter small particles that can harm the lungs and the heart since they are not fit and tight to cover the nose and the mouth.

“You should also change it. If you keep on wearing the same mask, nakadikit na ‘yong pollutants, maka-clog ‘yong pollutants then ma-i-inhale,” she said.

In the hospital, doctors and nurses usually change masks every shift.

Aside from traffic personnel and street sweepers, Dr. Jorge Sison, chairman of cardiology department at the Manila Medical Center, said commuters should also wear masks.

This news originally appeared here.