Sunday 19 November 2017 ,
Latest News
  • China to facilitate Bangladesh-Myanmar dialogue
  • Indian Manushi Chillar crowned Miss World 2017
  • AL forced students, officials to join rally: BNP
  • Missing businessman Aniruddha returns home
  • BNP leader Mintoo, family on Paradise Papers
12 November, 2017 02:45:05 PM

Print

Doctors say Delhi smog shortening lives

‘Pollution kills’
Independent Online Desk
Doctors say Delhi smog shortening lives
A patient is treated using a nebuliser, after being admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital suffering from the effects of pollution in Delhi. (AFP)

In the emergency ward of a Delhi hospital, men and women gasp for breath as they wait to be treated for symptoms triggered by the choking blanket of smog that descended on the city this week.

Doctors at the government-run Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute say patient numbers have more than tripled since pollution levels spiked amid a change in weather conditions and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in surrounding areas.

Shopkeeper Manoj Khati said he initially dismissed his heaving cough but it grew gradually worse and he has now been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. “For three days I haven’t stopped coughing, I felt as though I would die,” the 46-year-old said as he waited to undergo further tests.

Levels of PM2.5--the fine pollution particles linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease--regularly topped 500 this week, at one point going over 1,000.

They are treated with steam inhalation or using nebuliser machines, which provide immediate relief by administering drugs directly to the airways.

“Beginning this week, we are seeing between 250-300 patients, more than three times the usual,” Verma said.

“Most of them suffer from intense coughing and inflammation of the respiratory tract.”

Slow killer

Despite the rise in emergency cases Arvind Kumar, a respiratory diseases specialist at the private Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, said many of the worst health effects would not be seen for years to come.

“Pollution kills you slowly,” he said.

“Whatever toxins levels we are exposed to today, suppose it continued for 10 days, this would have shortened the life of each one of us by several days or several weeks.

“But that effect will be noticed many, many years later, so it’s not an immediate killer. And that’s why its potential lethal value is not immediately appreciated, but nonetheless, it’s a lethal killer.”

Delhi is now the world’s most polluted capital according to a World Health Organization survey conducted in 2014, with levels regularly exceeding those in Beijing.

Large swathes of north India and Pakistan see a spike in pollution at the onset of winter due to crop burning and the fact that cooler air traps particulates close to the ground, preventing them from dispersing -- a phenomenon known as inversion.

In Delhi, local industry, coal-fired power plants and a growing number of cars on the roads have added to the crisis.

In response, authorities have temporarily closed all schools in the city and announced restrictions on all private cars -- an estimated 3 million -- from Monday.

But with current levels of pollution, Kumar said, he would not recommend living in the city at all.

“If you worry about your health, you want to have a healthy life... then with the current levels of pollution, I would say Delhi is not a place to live,” he said. AFP

SI

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
Businessman Aniruddha Kumar Roy returned home early Thursday, 79 days after ‘abduction’. Don’t you think police should launch a fresh probe into the issue?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 100.0%
No 0.0%
No Comment 0.0%
Video

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting