The air quality has always been a matter of concern in Mumbai, especially in the months just before the onset of winter.
Now two Bollywood actresses, namely, Sonam Kapoor and Richa Chadha have raised this issue on the platform of Twitter. They have also claimed that they are experiencing health hazards due to the poor air quality in Mumbai.
Richa Chadha who is quite vocal on various social issues tweeted at 8:08 am on Wednesday, “Anyone else seeing the haze over Mumbai? Past few days I have been having trouble breathing, feels like we’re eating/inhaling talcum powder.”
Many Twitterati responded to the tweet sharing their pains too. Sonam Kapoor also shared her agony. “I have never had breathing issues in my life. But have been wheezing and developed bronchitis. It’s so scary,” Sonam Kapoor tweeted.
Mumbaikars can empathise with the issue raised by these actresses, as this is the reality that the city has been facing since the last few days.
“Currently we are observing about 80 per cent increases in the patients with respiratory diseases. Extreme weather conditions are responsible for this. We are experiencing heat in daytime and drop in temperature post evening,” said Dr Shahid Barmare, general physician.
The pollutants in the air have a direct adverse impact on the respiratory system. “These particles enter through the respiratory system and can cause severe problems,” said Dr Sushi Shirodkar, Chest Surgeon.
Elaborating on this point Dr Barmare, said, “The symptoms of respiratory diseases get aggravated in this season. Patients who are already suffering from allergies, asthma can have a difficult time. Also, others might suffer from these diseases.”
In order to keep these problems at bay, Dr Barmare suggested few simple ways:
- Maintain strong immunity.
- Eat healthy food, include lots of vegetables and fruits.
- Patients affected with COPD or asthma should take influenza vaccine, at the beginning of winter.