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Air Pollution Affects Health Of 82.2 Per Cent People Out Of 1757: Survey

The survey highlights that the public is aware that poor air quality affects their health but is not aware of the extent of the damage, says Dr Arvind Kumar, Founder of Lung Care Foundation

Air Pollution Affects Health Of 82.2 Per Cent People Out Of 1757: Survey
Highlights
  • The survey was conducted by Delhi based Lung Care Foundation
  • Patients with existing lung ailments more vulnerable to COVID19: Experts
  • 92.2% respondents didn't know the difference between PM 2.5 and PM 10

New Delhi: To determine the awareness of air quality among the residents of Delhi-NCR, a study conducted by an NGO revealed that air pollution affects the health of 1,445 respondents (82.2 per cent) out of 1,757 people. Out of 82.2 per cent respondents, 38.8 per cent of them have visited the hospital due to respiratory discomfort in the last one year. The study was done among people between 21 to 50 years of age residing in Delhi-NCR in the last one year. It consisted of 31.2 per cent females and 68.8 per cent males.

The survey was conducted by Delhi based NGO, Lung Care Foundation. It was supported by the United States Embassy in New Delhi under the project name- “Saaf Hawa Aur Naagrik (SHAN).

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Dr Arvind Kumar, Chairman of Center for Chest Surgery Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, said the study plays an important role in a city like Delhi where levels of air pollution are regularly monitored by the government but awareness on air pollution is minimal in the ‘deprived section of society’.

The reason we took these groups of people for study as they have huge exposure to air pollution, availability of resources is less to them and their bodies are weak, he said.

He stressed that the survey highlights that the public is aware that poor air quality affects their health but is not aware of the extent of the damage.
In the survey, more than one-third, 38.8 per cent of respondents said they or their family members visited the hospital due to respiratory discomfort in the last one year. These individuals could be at high-risk if they get COVID-19 infection, Dr Kumar said.

He added that for patients having pre-existing lung ailments are more vulnerable to catch COVID-19 infection. Therefore, they should be extra careful.

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Dr Kumar, who is also a Founder and Managing Trustee of Lung Care Foundation, said,

The survey pointed out that people really want to play their role as a citizen to participate in the government initiatives to achieve clean air for better health and wellbeing of residents of Delhi-NCR. The survey also highlighted the hope and commitment to achieve clean air. 78.7 per cent of respondents agreed to support the steps taken by the government to reduce air pollution even if the steps might cause them inconvenience. While 77 per cent of respondents said they would make a behavioural change to use more public transport, he said.

Approximately, 92.2 per cent of respondents were not aware of the difference between PM2.5 and PM10 and 83.6 per cent did not know about the Air Quality Index (AQI).

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20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
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India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
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4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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