New Delhi, Oct 29: Amidst celebrations of Diwali, the health experts presented serious facts over rising Pollution level in Delhi by claiming that the number of patients with respiratory diseases has increased 30 percent in the last three weeks.
According to the experts, the situation will become more critical as with the advent of winter smoke particles are likely to increase the smog in the city.
The festivals of light will also add fume to the fire with burning of crackers.
“The smoke and dust particle, which remain suspended in the air, are so small that they easily enter the lungs while breathing and cause respiratory symptoms,” said S.P. Byotra, head of Internal Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
“While such respiratory symptoms are more common in winters, when smoke particles form smog, in the last three-four weeks we have witnessed manifold increase in patients with respiratory symptoms, probably due to smoke from burning of agricultural waste in neighbouring states,” Byotra said.
Priyan Mehta, a senior doctor at the pulmonary department of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, stated that there has been a rise in the number of patients of bronchitis and asthma, whose condition is turning worse over increasing pollution.
At least 200 patients with bronchitis in the last two weeks visited RML hospital, Mehta said .
Apart from Delhi, other cities that are in similar air quality zone includes Agra, Kanpur and Faridabad.
“Smoke from burning of agricultural waste in the neighbouring states, firecrackers from Diwali and winters to follow up, undeniably Delhi is heading towards one of the most polluted seasons,” said Vijay Kannan, founder of India’s biggest anti-Pollution campaign CLAIM.