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Phuket air quality still good, assures health official

Phuket air quality still good, assures health official

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health (PPHO) Office has maintained that the air quality across the island is “healthy”, despite a light haze covering the island and a government agency under the Pollution Control Department reporting a red ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ warning with PM2.5 reading of 149 at Chalong Circle this morning (Jan 22)

By The Phuket News

Friday 22 January 2021, 03:20PM

Plerndow Thongnunui, an environmental health official at the PPHO, told The Phuket News today, “Phuket air quality is still good.” 

“People on the island can see the air quality report from Air4Thai, either through its website or application.

“Air4Thai is reliable because it is provided by the Pollution Control Department of Thailand. So please do not worry about the mild haze over Phuket today, the quality is ‘’healthy’,” Ms Plerndow said.

Ms Plerndow’s was unable to explain why the Air Pollution Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) posted on provided very different readings.

AQMThai readings are also created from data provided by the Division of Air Quality Data of the Air Quality and Noise Management Bureau, which operates under Thailand’s Pollution Control Department.

AQMThai issued a red ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ notice with a PM2.5 reading of 149 at Chalong Circle at 8am today.

It also issued an orange ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ notice for both Patong Beach with a PM2.5 reading of 119 at at 8:43am, and for Saphan Hin with a PM2.5 reading of 114 also at 8:43am.


AQMThai also reported a PM2.5 reading of 95 for the Municipal Health Center 1 in Phuket Town at 8am.

The Air4Thai web portal, however, gave a healthy ‘green’ reading of just 37 at 8am today.

“Please ignore this reading from this website. It is not reliable,” Ms Plerndow said.

Asked specifically why the AQMThai readings, also issued by the Pollution Control Department, were to be ignored, Ms Plerndow was silent.

“Please use Air4Thai only, because there is an update every hour from Thailand’s Pollution Control Department,” was all she would say.

“The air quality is still at a good level and we can handle the situation,” Ms Plerndow assured.

“If the air pollution gets worse, there will definitely be a caution issued. We do advise people to wear a mask to protect themselves from the pollution, and the pollution clinic [sic] will open at Vachira Hospital when the forecast from Air4Thai remains at a high of 76 for three consecutive days,” she noted.

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Capricornball | 23 January 2021 - 11:05:23

Another bull#!^ statement from another unreliable official, that doesn't even have the knowledge to explain significant differences in AQ readings between different agencies.  The only thing Ms. Plerndow could confirm is that the Air4Thai web portal is worthless.

DeKaaskopp | 22 January 2021 - 19:03:35

@Svcoquette  Why ? Ask him if you see him somewhere again. Or ask everyone else you see on a bike not wearing a helmet.That should keep you busy !

Kurt | 22 January 2021 - 18:44:12

Plerdow is lying and twisting. Anything more than PM2.5 reading 25 is NOT healthy!!!  And what is she handling??? She handles nothing!  Quite a unreliable/not trustable official. Shame on her to give population a false feeling of 'comfort'.

Svcoquette | 22 January 2021 - 15:56:41

Why isn't the guy on the motorbike wearing a helmut? 


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