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2nd November, 2017
Not just the government, citizens too share the responsibility to control pollution
Dr KK Aggarwal
Air pollution has often been in the news, especially since the last few years. Evidences of the harmful effects of air pollution on public health are accumulating. And, each time the Air Quality Index (AQI) crosses the red zone indicating ‘very poor’ or ‘severe’ air quality, much is written about or talked about to ascribe blame for this rise in pollution to hazardous levels. The pollution levels increased to ‘severe’ levels, this year too, in the National Capital Region (NCR) post-Diwali. This was despite the ban on the sale of firecrackers in NCR by the Supreme Court of India.

Such high levels of pollution are not only harmful to people with existing disease, but also for healthy individuals.

This situation should give us all pause to think. It is easy and very convenient to be on the sidelines and fault-find the government for its apathy or lack of stringent measures to bring down the pollution levels. And, it’s not just air pollution, noise pollution and water pollution are also a serious cause for concern.
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India has improved its global action plan for prevention and control of pneumonia
  • Pneumonia can be mild to life threatening and preventive action is a must
New Delhi, 01 November 2017: As per recent statistics, India is responsible for 20% of all pneumonia deaths, which is nearly 3.5 lakh. Of all the states, Uttar Pradesh tops the list in terms of these deaths. However, reports also indicate that India is among the 12 nations that have improved their Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) score this year. The health ministry recently announced a partial introduction of the vaccine in five states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh.
Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection affecting the lungs. In a healthy person, the small sacs called alveoli in the lungs fill with air while breathing. However, in pneumonia, these get filled with pus and fluid, making breathing painful and limiting oxygen intake. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
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