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Expo volunteers enforce smoke-free zones

INJURIES, fractures and heatstroke account for a quarter of visitors receiving medical service at stations inside the Expo zone. With the arrival of summer holidays, staff also saw an increase in child patients, health officials said today.

By Monday, the five medical stations had offered 42,301 services, covering 0.14 percent of Expo visitors. The 10 clinics at Expo entrances received 8,544 patients, most suffering sickness related to fatigue from long bus journeys or queues, health officials told the Shanghai government briefing on Expo operation.

In addition to enhancing health care and disease control inside the Expo zone, Shanghai health authorities will introduce some 300 volunteers to guide visitors to smoke only in designated places.

So far the authorities have renovated the 28 designated smoking spots, adding shelter and benches. Public no-smoking education and staff training will be strengthened to honor the promise of a smoke-free Expo, officials said.


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