By: Sahiba Dhawan
Delhi has been facing the issue of pollution since very long. Being extremely populated, the quality of air has enormously reduced due to large number of vehicles, factories, poor maintenance of garbage and many other factors. Every year Delhi breaks its own record of pollution. And this time, the pollution which is now days even called as smog has even crossed the alarming point on the scale of measuring pollution.
Air pollution is a major environmental and health problem affecting all age groups. Children and people with medical conditions such as respiratory problems are the most vulnerable to air pollution. Delhi has earned the unenviable distinction of becoming the most polluted city on Earth this month. Breathing in Delhi is like smoking 50 cigarettes a day.
Seeing the alarming situation everyone is working hard and coming up with ideas to cater to this problem. On one hand where Delhi government is planning to go for even-odd system again, on other air purifier companies are taking various steps to educate and inform people about the benefits of using air purifiers.
Taking the current situation into consideration, on the occasion of World COPD Day, Blueair hosted one of a kind initiative on advocating people on clean air and lung health. The event was being held from 15th to 17th November 2017 at Cyber Hub, Gurugram where the entire range of Blue air purifiers were displayed. The chief guests for the event were Dr. Naresh Sharma President- Indian Medical Association (IMA)- Gurugram, Dr. Himanshu Garg, senior pulmonologist at Artemis Hospital and Ms. Ruchika Sethi, Well Known environmentalist.
The first day of the event saw over 100 people gather including general public and people working at the offices in Cyber Hub, holding their breath for few seconds to experience the importance of breathing freely and the repercussions it would have if we are unable to breathe clean air. Bluair even distributed anti-pollution masks during the event for free.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Arvind Chabra, Country Head, Blueair India, said, “Delhi NCR being one of the most polluted cities in India, it is very essential to identify the Invisible dangers of breathing polluted air. Outdoor pollution that sweeps in along with the combination of existing indoor pollutants can be up to 5 times more polluted. Air purifiers are one of the effective solutions to keep the indoor air healthy always. With superior HEPASilent™ technology, Blueair air purifiers empower individuals to take control of their indoor air by removing 99.97% of the air pollutants down to 0.1 Micron removing all bacteria, virus, fine dust causing respiratory illness and other diseases We can take proactive, individual steps to head off airborne pollutants to create safer indoor environments.”
Dr. Himanshu Garg, Director of Pulmonology at Artemis Hospital, further added, “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a group of lung diseases which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. It is the sixth largest killer and soon going to be the third largest killer’s patients present with breathlessness and coughing most with expectoration. This was normally thought to be due to smoking but now pollution is thought to be a strong contributor leading to a increase by 25% in recent months. We need to improve access for these patients to seek help early to decrease their morbidity. Strong measures need to be taken to decrease the smoking rates and to control pollution levels in order to deal with this epidemic”