In a proactive move to combat the looming threat of smog-related health issues, the Punjab Government has announced a mandatory week-long requirement for wearing face masks in districts grappling with elevated pollution levels. Effective tomorrow, this crucial measure is specifically targeted at areas within Lahore and Gujranwala divisions, aiming to curb airborne diseases and safeguard public health across the province.
The official notification highlights the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the need for swift action to prevent and control air-borne diseases prevalent during the smog season. The designated districts, including Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Hafizabad, and Mandi Bahauddin, are anticipated to register the highest Air Quality Index, necessitating this vital intervention.
In response to deteriorating Air Quality, the Punjab Government announces a 1-week mandate for wearing of face masks for all citizens in smog effected districts of Punjab. Prioritising health is our collective responsibility. Please adhere to the guidelines for a safer community. pic.twitter.com/qe3jBdUjvY
— Mohsin Naqvi (@MohsinnaqviC42) November 19, 2023
As the smog season descends, the Punjab Government’s directive underscores its commitment to prioritizing public well-being and proactively addressing environmental challenges. The imposition of mandatory face mask usage serves as a visible and immediate step to protect residents from the adverse health effects associated with increased pollution levels.
In addition to the direct health benefits, the initiative aligns with a broader strategy to create awareness about the severity of the smog crisis and underscores the importance of collective responsibility in mitigating its impact. This press release aims to shed light on the government’s decisive actions to ensure the safety of its citizens amid challenging environmental conditions.