Health Emergencies Declared in Delhi

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By Afrin

Conditions in Delhi are getting adverse even after the measures to control the smog are being taken. Delhiites never saw this coming and it is getting vulnerable with each passing day. First it was dengue, chikungunya and viral fever that grappled people of Delhi and now it is smog which is enveloping the city with its precarious effects. The quality of city’s air is on a continuous downfall and according to the Director of Centre for Science and Environment executive, Animita Roy Chowdhury, “The smog and existing pollution level in the city exceed the standard level of killer particles by 5-6 times and are associated with significance increases in health risks. High exposure is known to lead to increased hospitalization for asthma, lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and heart damage. Long-term exposure can even cause lung cancer.”

“The nitrogen dioxide levels too have shown increase in some areas of the city. This dioxide comes directly from the vehicles and it can trigger severe respiratory conditions and sudden death syndrome in the new born, she added. According to CSE release, “Delhi’s air has shown presence of high levels of nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, ozone and benzene. It has been noted that the particulate matter in air has taken a leap of 47% since last check. Nitrogen dioxide levels too leapt 57% during the period.

Apart from the breathing problems, patients are emerging with many eye irritation, inflammation and infection problems and to support the aforesaid problems, Medfort Hospital eye specialist Dr. Tyag Murti Sharma said that we are seeing many patients complaining of eye irritation, watering and discomfort due to dryness. The solution is to wash eyes for 4-5 times a day or in case of the problem persists to consult a qualified doctor.

The despotic weather is making it difficult to breath and is also putting pressure on the heart patients as well. The Cardiothoracic surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital Dr. Ganesh K. Mani says that the change in weather is already a difficult time for heart patients and the smog is leaving them breathless and increased susceptibility of cold and cough is seen in them. Delhi Pollution Control Committee member secretary Sandeep Mishra says that there is not even a unit level increase in the pollution level in the city. The smog still persists due to the slow wind speeds, humidity and low temperatures. The conditions will get better as soon as the wind velocity picks up and sun comes out. The heavy clouds of smog still envelope the city because there is no wind to take them away.

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