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JAMMU: Emphasising the need of clean environment as a concomitant for healthy living, a daylong awareness-cum-medical camp was organised by Dr. Sushil Sharma at Devsthan Kalibeer Ji Kangrail, here on Sunday.
He stressed that current environmental cataclysm is responsible for the global burden of cardio respiratory diseases and stated that what is particularly alarming is that Jammu district is also catching up the same ladder in terms of increase in the concentration of particulate matter in air, and pollution in all other forms.
Anticipating the festival of Deepawali, he urged people to observe eco-friendly Deepawali, thereby preventing the toll on already contaminated atmosphere and health of the people.
More than 250 patients were screened and advised during the camp. Preventive health check up tests and free medicines were given as per the prescription.
While Interacting with the people, Dr. Sushil attracted their attention towards one’s obligation towards the environment by contributing whatsoever little one can do to make it clean for healthy living. No doubt vehicular and industrial pollution is the frontrunner in adding harmful air pollutants in the atmosphere but our little step towards ecological living and celebrating festivals in an eco friendly way prevent environmental deterioration from further rise thereby reducing our risk to major health pandemics. He claimed that Air pollutants contribute to serious, even fatal damage to the cardio respiratory system.
Studies indicate that cities with high nitrogen oxide concentrations had death rates four times higher than those with low nitrogen oxide concentrations. Higher fine particulate matter exposure was also associated with increases in stress hormone levels, which are believed to induce high blood pressure, inflammatory and metabolic effects in the body.
Citing the celebration of Deepawali where fireworks are the main attraction of this festival, he advised that people should be sensitised at an early age about effects of fireworks on the environment.
Fireworks produce toxic smoke and dust containing various heavy metals, sulphur, coal compounds and other noxious chemicals. Cadmium, lithium, antimony, rubidium, strontium, lead and potassium nitrate are also commonly used to produce various effects even though they can cause a host of cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.
Noise emanating from the bursting of firecrackers especially affect the elderly suffering from high blood pressure and increases the stress level which in turn triggers the onset of cardiovascular events, he added.
Management Commitee of the Devstan Verinder Singh Chib, Rajesh Chib, Dalbir Chib and Rajinder Chib applauded the adherence of Dr. Sushil and his team for creating awareness regarding the ill effects of air pollutants on the cardio respiratory health of people.
Others who were part of this medical camp cum awareness drive included Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr. Kewal Sharma. Paramedics and volunteers present were Kamal Sharma, Gourav Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Suresh Baigra, Manoj Sharma, Rajeev Vohra, Rajkumar, Manik and Gourav Gupta.
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