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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Health services unaffected by CQ fires

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Health services unaffected by CQ fires

    All public health services in Central Queensland remain open as bushfires continue to burn across parts of the region.

    Residents have been urged to take precautions against exposure to smoke, especially the elderly, young children and people with respiratory or heart conditions.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said despite the fires, the region’s public health services remained open.

    “It’s been a challenging time in Central Queensland but, thanks to the great work of hospital and health service staff across the region, our services are operating as usual,” he said.

    “These bushfires are very intense and they’re affecting an enormous part of the region so it’s testament to CQ Health that services remain open and patients are being treated at hospitals.

    “We’ve had no reports of staffing issues but we’re monitoring the situation closely.”

    Manager Environmental Health Services Paul Florian said Central Queensland residents still needed to heed warnings about the health effects of smoke and severe heat.

    “Everyone should remain alert until advised otherwise,” he said.

    “Smoke can trigger serious conditions including asthma, bronchitis, reduced lung function and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

    “It can also irritate the eyes, nose and throat.

    “The elderly, children and people with respiratory or heart disease should stay indoors and limit exertion.

    “This is a torrid time for Central Queenslanders, who are battling bushfires as well as extreme heat, and we are urging them to take care.”

    People in the surrounding areas to the fire are advised to:

    - Switch off air-conditioners that do not allow the fresh air intake to be turned off

    - Shut doors and windows

    - Only venture outside if necessary unless leaving the area

    - Be alert to heat stress and keep cool and drink plenty of fluids eg water (not alcoholic or caffeine drinks)

    - People with asthma and pre-existing respiratory, cardiovascular illnesses or diabetes should be vigilant and follow their pre-prepared action/treatment plan

    - Look out for elderly neighbours or other people at risk.

    Anyone experiencing worsening symptoms due to smoke should seek medical attention.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Katharine Wright 0428 957 903