For quite a few years, Delhi has been suffering from smog and then severe levels of pollution. But, the situation gets worse as winter begins to set in. Team India’s skipper Virat Kohli has appealed people to join hands against pollution.
In a short Twitter video with the hashtag #Muje fark padta hai, Kohli said, “Agar humein yeh match jeetna hain pollution ke against, hum sab ko saath mein mil ke khelna hoga. Kyunki hum sabki zimmedaari hain pollution ko kam karna. Specially, jo log Delhi mein rehte hain, un sabki yeh responsibility hain. (If we have to win this match against pollution, all of us will have to play together. Because this is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the pollution levels. Specially the people who live in Delhi, it is their responsibility).”
He added, “I would urge people to share their rides whenever they can. I would urge them to use a bus, a metro, or use Ola Share if you can. This action if we do it once a week, it will make a massive difference. Kyunki har chhote action se bhi farak padta hain. [Because every small makes a difference] If you agree, like this post, share it and show your support.”
Dr Aditya Agarwal, a Chest Specialist at Bhatia Hospital said, “The scenario in Mumbai is better than Delhi. But, pollution is definitely increasing. We see many patients suffering with asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) exacerbation due to weather change and air pollution. Also, there is persistent smog every morning.
Dr Agarwal said:
- Stop using too many vehicles
- Keep AC filters clean
- Use public mode of transportation
- Wear mask
Dr Gautam Bhansali, consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital, lists out the causes of air pollution:
- Allergies, cough, cold, allergic bronchitis.
- It can be troublesome for patients with asthma, respiratory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), bronchial asthma patients, as it can leave you breathless.
Dr Bhansali gives some preventive measures:
- Asthmatic patients should carry their pump or inhaler without fail
- Do not consume cold drinks, ice, ice cream
- Consult a specialist to seek immediate attention