Education about Nasal Irrigation to Sampit Residents to Prevent URTI

In order to reduce the health risk caused by the haze, a team of medical volunteers from ACT organized a mass socialization about nasal irrigation. The action, which was attended by about 100 residents, took place at the 29 November Stadium, Sampit City, Sunday (9/22).

ACT Medical Team showing the local residents how to perform nasal irrigation. (ACTNews/Retno Sulistiyani)

ACTNews, SAMPIT - Central Kalimantan Provincial Government has declared emergency status for the land and forest fires until September 30, 2019. The worsening air quality caused by the fires have driven Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) to contribute to handling the impacts. Several steps have also been initiated by ACT South Kalimantan to overcome the harmful effects of the haze.

In order to reduce the health risk caused by the haze, a team of medical volunteers from ACT organized a mass socialization about nasal irrigation. The action, which was attended by about 100 residents, took place at the 29 November Stadium, Sampit City, Sunday (9/22).

"This action is a form of small contribution to the Sampit residents. Hopefully, other elements of society will also be inspired to do greater things so that there won’t be any residents exposed to health risk caused by the haze next year," said ACT Emergency Action Coordinator in Sampit, Lukman Solehudin.

The mass nose irrigation socialization, Lukman added, was not the team's first action to deal with the impact of the haze. Previously, the team also distributed N95 masks, performed medical examinations to the residents, and deployed volunteers to put out the fire at several hotspots around Central Kalimantan.



"This action aims to educate the residents to pay attention to nasal health. Its cleanliness must be maintained so that they won’t suffer from URTI caused by inhaling too much smoke," Lukman said.

The act of washing the nose is quite common compared to washing hands and feet. However, according to ACT medical volunteer Doctor Dwi Rizki Amalia, in conditions where residents are exposed to very unhealthy air, the activity of nasal irrigation is very beneficial. "Washing the nose can cleanse and refresh the nasal cavities, and to prevent respiratory infections," said the doctor who is often called Dwi.

Doctor Dwi further explained that washing the nose is very easy, using 0.9 percent NaCl solution that can be obtained in the pharmacies, by spraying it through the nostrils alternately using a bulb syringe. "You can also use a 200cc solution of mineral water mixed with half a teaspoon of salt," she explained.

Apart from the socialization of nasal irrigation, the event which began at 7:30 a.m. West Indonesia Standard Time proceeded with general medical examination and mask distribution. The team will continue these programs and initiate other programs to protect the residents from health risks emerging from the land and forest fires. []