Taipei--Changhua County in central Taiwan has started offering free lung checks for residents in three of its townships due to increasing awareness of air pollution.
Residents in Shenkang (??), Xianxi (??) and Hemei (??) townships will be eligible for the service because they are the biggest victims of air pollution caused by the Taichung Power Plant in Taichung, Changhua's neighboring city to the north, Changhua Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (???) said at a news conference on March 24.
According to Wei, emissions from the plant's boilers, which burn black coal, sweep over Changhua every winter along with seasonal winds.
The services, financed by compensation from the plant, will be carried out by buses equipped with medical facilities, which will travel around the area, he said.
Data on the health of residents in the three townships will also be collected for further evaluation of the impact of air pollution, according to the Changhua County government.
To encourage members of the public to pay more attention to their health, residents of the three townships will also be given free cancer screenings, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel