Vishal Narain (53) who goes out for an early morning walk everyday for four years now was shocked to see his health report. It read clogged phelgm in his chest. Its reason was air pollution.
Dust, fumes, smoke, mist, chemical components present in diesel exhaust cause lung and respiratory disorders. Air pollution has a number of causes like growing industrial sectors, factories, deforestation, increasing vehicular pollution, rising population etc. Pollution majorly attack the vulnerable like infants and old aged people. This can impair memory, health and cognition.
Amongst Indian cities, Delhi is now with the highest levels of air pollutants that settle down deep into lungs and bloodstream. Due to air pollution health effects can be noticed. Deteriorating health occur as initials like watering eyes, throat irritation, asthma or wheezing. Ambient air pollution causes chronic respiratory diseases, heart infections, lung cancer etc. Air pollution is a common but differentiated problem in India. A six city study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 2010 revealed the various compositions of dirty air in these places- factories and kilns, garbage, road dust, diesel generators, increase in number of vehicles etc.
The Supreme Court’s intervention in Delhi on moving polluted industries out of the city and switching public transport to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) was a wise decision that had been taken to improve the condition of living in this polluted environment.
We need a realistic approach to air pollution that will sustain growth without shortening lives.
Use and wear pollution mask:
Cover your nose and mouth to prevent air pollutants entering into lungs. These masks protect against air borne diseases like measles, asthma, respiratory disorders, lung cancer amongst many others.
The faster you breathe, the more pollutants you inhale. It is suggested by ENTs to inhale fresh air slowly. Breathe in slowly to inhale less polluted air.
Use Public Transport:
Use public transport as much as possible. Conserve power to save fuel and manage demand for fossil fuels.
Create Green Environ:
Grow plants both indoors as well as in open spaces outside. indoor plants like money plant, aloe vera etc act as living air purifiers and absorb chemicals.
Clean Your Surrounding:
Clean used carpets or curtains daily. Avoid outdoor burning of garbage or leave in the open.
Save your little ones from hazardous air pollution. Children are vulnerable to pollution as their immunity is immatured at birth that mature rapidly till the age of 6. Also, they spend most of their time outdoors which allow them to breathe outdoor air compared to adults. Therefore, children inhale more pollutants according to their body mass. Safety of our children rests on curbing harmful effects of air pollution.
If we see around the world during the winters of 2013, Beijing awoke everyday to poisonous smoggy skies. Foe almost a fortnight, there was not a single sighting of the sun. No sunrise-No sunset. There was increase in wheezing, burning throats, watering eyes and breathing problems. Since then China has moved to close down older plants which have lower energy efficiency. The longer term plan is to reduce reliance on coal.
Hence, we must care for ourselves in various ways to curb down ill effects of air pollution. Wearing pollution masks, using public transport, plantation of trees, eating healthy, maintaining hygiene is must to prevent diseases. Masks are recommended to be used by everyone to prevent as well as reduce the risk of asthma. Come forward to curb down air pollution and air borne diseases.
Stay Safe #stay protected
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Source of data research: India Today