Chinese hospital opens smog treatment clinic

Chinese hospital opens smog treatment clinic
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013
The New Paper

CHINA - A hospital in south-west China has opened a clinic for patients who are suffering from conditions related to smog, a doctor said on Wednesday.

The dedicated clinic at the Chengdu No. 7 People's Hospital has already treated more than 100 patients since opening on Dec 9.

One public health expert suggested that other hospitals may follow suit to cash in on China's notorious smog, AP reported.

A doctor who works at the clinic, Dr Wang Qixun, said it was set up because of the surge in smog-related patients.

The clinic has treated on average a dozen patients a day, with the most common symptoms being coughs and sore or itching throats, as well as asthma and heart disease "triggered or worsened by smog", Dr Wang said.

A banner that hung across the doors of the clinic's outpatient department read: "We should not fear smog. It is preventable and curable."

The rising middle class in China has become increasingly fed up with air pollution that has accompanied the country's economic growth.

The term PM2.5, which refers to tiny particles in the air that can penetrate deep into the lungs, has become a common part of the Chinese people's vocabulary as a result.

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