Sungai Raya, W Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - Home-bound travelers in West Kalimantan have been urged to wear face masks to protect them from respiratory problems caused by the pervasive haze from forest fires in the region.

"I suggest that people wear face masks when traveling. Don`t forget to make the face masks wet to prevent ash particles from entering the respiratory tract," Titus Nursiwan of the Kubu Raya health office said here on Monday.

All community health centers in Kubu Raya District would be put on standby during the Idul Fitri Muslim festivity to help people who need medical treatment, he said.

"Weather conditions currently are not good because of the heat and haze. We know that people will do a lot of out-door activities during Idul Fitri, especially on Idul Fitri eve but it will be at risk of developing respiratory problems," he said.

The current dry season could also trigger a diarrhea epidemic in West Kalimantan, he said.(*)

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