Health Hour

Brace up, Delhi! The worst air pollution season is here to choke you again

Air pollution in Delhi is not something new. Remember the capital city’s ordeal when it was engulfed in toxic smog during the same time last year? Well, the issue has come to haunt us again.

Falling in the ‘very poor’ category, the overall Air Quality Index of Delhi was recorded at 358 four days ago by the pollution monitoring Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Progressing with the same pace, it is gradually inching towards the ‘severe’ category.

Citing projections by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) show that the weather conditions are likely to become adverse.

“Weather conditions are projected to become adverse from November 1,” warned the India Meteorological Department.

Deteriorating air quality is said to be a primary contributor to chronic diseases, hospitalization rates, and a number of premature deaths as well. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to polluted air results in as many as 2 million premature deaths globally every year.

A survey of 1,600 world cities conducted by WHO showed that the quality of air in Delhi is worse than all the major cities across the globe. Reports show that the air is polluted beyond the permissible limit.

The air quality index (AQI) has already shot past the limit in various places in Delhi. Environmental experts are apprehensive of the fact that a significant decrease in AQI comes with a warning that people are vulnerable to develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. This air quality crisis is likely to further elevate post Diwali.

In the wake of increasing air pollution, the authorities are gearing up to lower the amount of dust in the air by sprinkling water in various neighbourhoods and collating builders to cover construction sites.

As a robust attempt to remedy the problem, Dalmia Healthcare has launched Lung KR, a panacea for all lung related issues. The potential efficacy of this anti-pollution capsule secures great hope for mitigating all respiratory ailments. It helps in soothing the airways that get irritated with pollution, easing chest and respiratory congestion, and reducing pollution damage to the lungs.

It is frightening that Delhites have to bear the continual exposure to this toxic air, which is equivalent to smoking more than two packs of cigarettes. Certainly, the current plight of the city calls for rigorous measures and immediate action.

While the government along with the companies like Dalmia Healthcare are doing their bit, the rest lies upon us to undertake anti-pollution measures. On that note, let’s hope we don’t get to see this toxic blanket of smog in Delhi in the upcoming years.


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