Saturday, April 04, 2015

Want Your Kid to Grow Up Healthy - Leave Delhi

It’s scary, but it has to be told. If you want your kid to grow up into a normal, healthy person Delhi is not the place where he/she should be. Around 22 lakh school children in the national capital are growing up with irreversible lung damage.  The doctors’ prescription: Leave Delhi, right now, if you want to save your children from fatal lungs disorders, severe respiratory problems, nausea, palpitation, loss of vision, blood pressure and fatigue.

Delhi’s air is just too polluted. Read the full article @ First Post, along with Study finding

A study conducted by scientists from Kolkata-based Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) has found that the number of killer respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) is increasing in the city’s air with alarming rate. The RSPM or PM10 levels spiked to 316 µg/m3 (microgram per cubic metre) in 2014, which are double that of Beijing from 161 µg/m3 in 2007. Produced by vehicles and during combustion in industries, RSPMs are small and toxic particles that cause major respiratory ailments.

Another piece from Indian Express

A total of 11,628 school-going children (7757 boys and 3871 girls) from 36 schools in different parts of Delhi were included in the study meant for assessments of their respiratory health status and degree of lung function impairment among them. The capital’s children were compared with 4,536 children (boys 2950 and girls 1586) from 15 schools of rural West Bengal and 2 schools from Khirsu and Kotdwar in Uttaranchal. The age of the children studied was between 4 to 17 years.

The study of respiratory health of the children was done on the basis of questionnaire survey and clinical examination, pulmonary function test (PFT) by spirometry, assessment of childhood obesity, examination of cellular lung reaction to inhaled pollutants by sputum cytology and cytochemistry, assessment of haematological and vascular changes associated with air pollution exposure following standard haematological procedure and assessment of behavioural characteristics.

Read the full article @ First Post, along with Study finding

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