DR. PAVEL PASCHIANSKY.
(photo credit: Hillel Yaffe Medical Center)
The dust-filled air that has greatly reduced visibility in the last few days has
also sent hundreds of patients to hospital emergency rooms around the
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera reported on Wednesday
dozens of children and adults coming to its emergency department since Tuesday
complaining of breathing difficulties. Eight patients were sent to the wards
with cases of moderate to serious respiratory problems.
One of those who
was admitted was 80-year-old Peter Paschiansky, the father of the deputy
director of the emergency department, Dr. Pavel Paschiansky. The
octogenarian suffers from chronic respiratory problems that were worsened by the
“I examined dozens of people with such complaints recently, but
I never dreamed that I would have to treat my own father. We decided to
hospitalize him and give him inhalation treatment,” the emergency physician
Dr. Jalal Ashkar, director of the emergency room in Hadera, said
there was no doubt that the weather was to blame. “When muscles are stimulated
by dust particles, they contract, causing the narrowing of the airways in the
lungs. This also creates a cough and shortness of breath,” he
“Adults who suffer from asthma and chronic respiratory
disease, and of course children whose lungs are not well developed, suffer in
such weather, and some come to us for treatment,” he said.
Dr. Adi Klein,
head of the pediatrics department, said that of the dozens of children who
arrived in the last few days, at least three became sick from the
She stressed that when the air is very dusty, one should take
notice whether a child over the age of one breathes more than 40 times a
If so, go for medical diagnosis and treatment. If the child turns
blue, is apathetic or less alert, then rush to the emergency room, Klein
Conventional treatment is the use of an inhalation device to
expand the bronchi to help restore regular breathing.
Ashkar and Klein
advised that in such weather, people with lung diseases and weak immune systems,
as well as children, babies, the elderly and pregnant women, should leave
windows closed and stay at home until the dust lifts.