453,000 P2 face masks to help in bushfire communities
The Australian Government has today acted on a request from the Victorian Government and provided the state with 450,000 face masks from the National Medical Stockpile to assist frontline workers and those at risk in communities affected by the bushfires.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the provision of the masks formed part of the Government’s absolute commitment to assisting communities affected by the devastating bushfires.
“Although these P2 masks have been held in the National Medical Stockpile for use in pandemics, I have made them available today because of the urgent need to assist frontline workers operating in bushfire-affected communities,” Minister Hunt said.
“These masks will also be made available to high-risk members of the public located in these communities.
He has also been in contact with other states and territories offering assistance with P2 masks as required.
“The state and territory governments will be responsible for distributing the P2 masks.”
“People with underlying heart or lung health issues and other chronic conditions should consult their doctor for advice before using a P2 mask,” Professor Kelly said.
“If the mask becomes damaged, soiled, moist or contaminated, it is best to refit and replace or remove it.”
Anyone can experience symptoms from smoke exposure. Symptoms may range from mild irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, to life-threatening complications for people with existing heart and lung conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina.
Those most at risk of significant health effects of smoke include:
- people over 65 years of age
- children 14 years and younger
- pregnant women
- people with existing heart or lung conditions
People concerned about bushfire smoke should follow the recommendations of their doctor or local health authority and check state and territory health department advice for up to date information on air quality.
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