BMA uses smart bus shelters to publicize PM2.5 monitoring results

Mr. Chatree Wattanakhajorn, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), said that Bangkok has been facing dust pollution starting from cold season to the beginning of hot season every year. Moreover, since the past two years, dust pollution has become worsened, especially excessive amounts of PM2.5 in the atmosphere, to the extent that it is harmful to public health. The BMA considers that it is pivotal to notify people living in Bangkok metropolitan area of and give emphasis to precautions on health surveillance and prevention from ultra-fine PM2.5 pollutant, especially the risk groups, the elderly, young children, and individual with special healthcare needs via various mechanisms and communication channels. This will help people to plan their work and activities, especially in the places where the air quality level starts to impact people’s health. In this case, people should reduce times for or refrain from doing outdoor activities. If it is necessary, everyone should were surgical face mask or face mask that can protect against PM2.5 particulate pollution every time before leaving home. In this regard, the BMA requests for the use of smart bus shelters and support from other related networks under the Royal Thai Police to publicize PM2.5 monitoring results during this critical time until the dust pollution situation subsides. The PM2.5 monitoring results will be publicized 3 times a day, namely in the morning (06.00 – 08.00 hrs.), at noon (11.00 – 13.00 hrs.), and in the evening (17.00 – 19.00 hrs.). The results are from 70 Air Quality Monitoring Units of the BMA covering all 50 districts of Bangkok (information will be displayed and rotated alternately every 15 seconds for the whole 2 hours).