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Delhi's high pollution: IMA writes to CM Kejriwal

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NEW DELHI: Due to the hazardous air quality in Delhi, IMA wants the Half Marathon in the national capital to be postponed.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for early cancellation of the ‘Airtel Delhi Half Marathon’ scheduled in Delhi on November 19, 2017.

The letter, written by Dr. K. K. Aggarwal, national president, IMA, has appealed: “The air quality is particularly poor in the early morning when pollution is extremely high. This is also the time when the proposed Half Marathon is scheduled to start. The hazardous pollution levels may have disastrous health consequences even for the healthy participants.”

He further said, “It can trigger an asthma attack and worsen lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It can also increase the risk of acute fatal or non fatal cardiovascular events such as heart attack, arrhythmia, stroke and may predispose heart disease patients to the risk of sudden cardiac death.”

“Marathon and other sports events around the world have been cancelled due to poor air quality. The organizers of the event have a duty to take into consideration the air quality at the time of the marathon so that no runner suffers any adverse health effects because of exposure to hazardous levels of air pollution,” the letter added.

He said, "Through this letter, we appeal to you to immediately cancel the event and postpone it to a later date when air quality is better.”

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