STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Dr Sushil Sharma, Head of Cardiology Department, Super Speciality Hospital, Jammu, and his team on Sunday conducted a day-long camp at Apna Vihar area of Kunjwani Jammu. More than 250 people were screened, evaluated and diagnosed for various health ailments. Free medicines were also given as per the requirements. While interacting with people, Dr Sushil stated that Diwali the Festival of Lights, hope and prosperity is around the corner. “It is the time to celebrate togetherness with oodles of happiness. However, we need to remember enjoyment and health go hand in hand. He stressed upon positive correlation between air pollution and human health ahead of incessant use of fire crackers on the occasion of Diwali,” Sushil said. Sushil sensitized the common populace regarding how poor air quality standards are responsible for the global burden of CVDs. He said besides various other anthropogenic sources, the use of fire crackers on festivals further adds toll to the already fragile environment of our cities. Dr Sushil particularly expressed concern over the deteriorating air quality in Jammu city, and its recent categorisation amongst one of the most polluted cities of the world. “Contrary to the idealised opinion that air pollution is the problem of metro cities only, we can see how this air of mortality is making inroads into small cities and towns. Recent studies suggest that air pollution alone is responsible for seven million premature deaths annually. Even some studies at regional level has also suggested regular rise of respiratory and cardiovascular problems owing to growing level of air pollutants in Jammu District from the past three years,” Sushil added. Sensing the relationship between air pollution and health, particularly keeping in mind that the use of fire crackers will further exacerbates the problem the Central Government had developed and brought to market green crackers that, by its own assessment, would reduce particulate matter pollution by 30 per cent, he stated. These green crackers are free of mercury, arsenic and barium. On explosion, they reduce the dust and smoke typically associated with crackers by 30 per cent and also decrease sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide emissions by 20 per cent. Help yourself and everyone else breathe easier. Support national, state and local efforts to clean up sources of pollution. Your life and the life of someone you love may depend on it, he added. Residents of the area Corporator Pritam Singh, Neeraj Tandon, Vijay Sharma, B.R Chandan, Pritam Jamwal, Onkar Singh and Neeraj Kumar appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their area. Others who were part of this humane effort included Dr Nasir Choudhary, Cardiologist; Dr Sushant Sharma, Cardiologist; Col Dr S.C Gupta, Dr Ravinder Rattan Pal, Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Syed Rahella. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team included Dr Kamal Sharma, Gourav Heera, Vinayak Sharma, Vikas Kumar, Anmol Singh, Aman Gupta, Harvinder Singh, Amandeep Singh, Manav Khurana and Sandeep Kohli.
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