Dr Karan Madan, Associate Professor of Pulmonary Medicine and Interventional Pulmonologist, Delhi-AIIMS, has said that sustained efforts are needed for tackling sources which contribute to air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
It may be noted that the level of air pollution recently reached very poor to severe category in Delhi NCR. It, thereafter, also touched the hazardous level.
“Delhi needs resuscitation. Multiple sources of pollution need urgent attention. We should not forget a major contributor is vehicular emissions. Air pollution is an yearlong issue, not just for a few days. Health risk starts even at low levels of pollution,” added Dr Madan.
Dr Madan pointed out that strong and sustained action is needed for source control that include stubble burning, vehicular emissions, construction dust, roadside dust etc. A strong public transport network is required. Millions of lives are at stake due to air pollution in Delhi.
At AIIMS, over the last two weeks, patients suffering from various respiratory illnesses have increased by 20 per cent in OPDs. These patients have complained of breathing difficulty, constant coughing, wheezing, burning sensation in nose and throat and sneezing. Some of these patients have been admitted.