Dense Smog - A “Silent Killer”
As quoted by the World Health Organization, nearly 92 percent
of the world population is living in the areas where the quality of the air is
below WHO standards.
Air quality now-a-days in Delhi is hazardous as the city is
covered with a smoke blanket mixed with fog, generally called as smog, with the
quality of air touching the hazardous levels. The quality of the air index
showed high presence of particulate matter, PM 2.5, levels everywhere.
The smog in the city and the nearby areas still continues to
inundate leaving people puffing and panting for breathe. As said by some doctors
the atmosphere is so polluted that the toxic air is more like smoking 22
cigarettes a day.
The reason for this toxic environment includes the pollution
from vehicles, industries and stubble burning in neighboring states.
As recorded by the government’s ‘System of Air Quality and
Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)’ on Thursday evening, the average PM 2.5
level in Delhi, Gurugram (Haryana) and Noida (UP) was afar “severe” at more
than 500 units.
According to national standard the safe limit for PM2.5 is 60
micrograms per cubic meter and 25 units as per the international standards.
The most polluting areas in the Delhi-NCR where the PM 2.5 went
beyond the severe level includes Lodhi Road, Mathura Road, Aya Nagar, Punjabi
Bagh, Pusa, Delhi University (North Campus) and Noida, which recorded at 500 or
“Danger Plus” level.
As the smog doesn’t spare the living rooms and underground Metro
Stations, people are complaining for heavy breathing, burning eyes sensations
with watery eyes. Within this alarming situation the Delhi government has taken
a step ahead for the better health of children by closing the school and
colleges till Sunday i.e., 5 Nov 2017 and had also issued a health advisory for
the people who fall in the high risk category which includes children, elderly
people, pregnant women and those who are suffering from asthma and heart
For the next few days the central pollution control board
(CPCB) and EPCA have recommended “free of cost public transportation” in
The hospitals have registered 20% rise in the respiratory
cases at out-patient clinics and emergency departments within the past two
days, due to the severe level of pollution in the city.
The director of AIIMS Dr. Randeep Guleria, feared that if the
situation remains the same then it could cause about 30,000 deaths in the NCR
due to respiratory related issues in the nearby winter season.
The smog can cause various kinds of allergies or increase the
impact of already existing allergies further decreasing lung immunity and can
also leads to premature births. Not only this, the pollution has further
complicated the situation by causing heart strokes, lung cancer and chronic and
acute respiratory diseases.
Till the time the smog problem gets resolved it will cause
severe illness to the people. So it’s in our hands to keep ourselves safe by
following these preventive measures:
Primarily N95 masks should be used while going out.
People should avoid outside jogging and can opt for indoor
Air purifying plants like aloe Vera, ivy and spider plants
can be kept inside office and homes.
To invade the indoor air pollution, chimney in the kitchen
and exhausts in the bathroom should be used.
More consumption of fruits rich in Vitamin C, Magnesium and
Omega Fatty Acids.
Herbal Ginger and Tulsi Tea instead of other liquid drinks.
Dr. Purshotam Lal, Director – Interventional Cardiology and
Chairman – Metro Group of Hospitals, says “People having the history of
ailments related to heart and lungs like asthma, allergy, Coronary Artery
Diseases (CAD’s), etc. are at the higher risk with the smog. Even children and
elderly aren’t safe in current scenario. I urge everyone to stay indoors as
much as possible and take precautionary measures while going out. Report to your doctor in case you feel any
uneasiness due to the pollution”.
Dr. Deepak Talwar, Chairman- Metro Centre for Respiratory
Diseases, says, “Restrain yourself from doing physical activities especially
out of home and always wear special masks while going out. Report to your
doctor immediately in case you feel any breathlessness, asthma attacks, eye and
skin allergies, etc.”
Because we care !
Metro Hospitals & Heart Institute in association with
BlueAir is distributing free N95 masks to the patients and deserving people. We
did our bit to protect you from the hazardous pollution. And collectively let’s
come together to do something for the betterment of our environment. Stay Safe.