Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and doctors and scientists say the locals there are facing a public health crisis. Beijing has historically drawn international attention when it comes to poor air quality but, in reality, that city’s air is nowhere near as dangerous as many of India’s major cities.
The rapid development of the country in recent years means India has the dubious honour of having 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities. The WHO found that Delhi had an average of 153 micrograms of the smallest particles, known as PM2.5s, per cubic metre in its air. The international “safe” level for these particles is 6 micrograms per cubic metre.
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Dr.A.K.Gupta, President HMAI, Delhi says that Delhi’s bad air is already causing a spike in the people with asthma and reduced lung function and can cause and aggravate the patients of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD), Asthma, Ischaemic Heart Diseases (IHD), Stroke and Lower Repiratory Infections (LRTI) specially in young children and elderly people.
AKGsOVIHAMS,founder director Dr.A.K.Gupta suggests that since currently air quality in Delhi is falling under Hazardous catagory posing high risk to children, newborns, old age population and unhealthy population.We can consider the following measures to ensure a better protection:
1. Avoid direct exposures outdoors for longer hours
2. Avoid morning walks as pollution levels are highest during early mornings and evening because of thermal inversion/smog formation
3. Do not get into heavy exercises in open or non treated exercise areas like gym
4. Ask your kids to not to play outdoors or limit their sports activities to indoor
5. Consume lots of jaggery for detoxification
6. Increase intake of citrus fruits
7. Use N95/N99 masks/other protections (even handkerchief does provide 25% protection) while being outdoor walking on roads or riding a bike or being in auto
8. If possible use HEPA based air purifiers indoor with good air exchange rate
9. While in car ensure frequent air exchange as high CO accumulation may lead to strokes and cardiac arrests in heart patients
10. Please do not use any chemical based air freshners indoor like air wick/odonil etc
11. For ventilation open your windows/doors only when sun is bright; better would be in afternoon
12. If you feel suffocation than simple put a tea bag into a steamer and inhale steam it helps in relaxing the respiratory passage
13. Use Air Purifiers , though costlier, but worth if having patient.
14. Consult your doctor in case of emergency.
Dr. A.K.Gupt, President Homoeopathic Medical Association of India(( (The largest body of Homoeopaths ) Delhi said that following Homoeopathic Medicines can be used effectively to treat such condition according to the symptoms. He further cautions that these Homoeopathic medicines should be taken under the guidance of a qualified Registered Homoeopathic doctor only.
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