With winter, side effects of air pollution have increased

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With winter, side effects of air pollution have increased

PRAYAGRAJ, Nov 13 (HS): With the onset of winter, the side effects of air pollution have increased in the city. Air pollution can cause various ailments including breathing related problems, and can even harm vital organs like heart, lungs, eyes, skin and cause acute respiratory infections. To check air quality, UP Pollution Control Board has installed automated electronic devices at three places which include Jhunsi, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) and Prayagraj Municipal Corporation (PMC). The air quality index (AQI) at Jhunsi on Friday was at 324g/m3, at MNNIT 279g/m3 and at PMC 111g/m3, which were above the prescribed AQI standard of 50-100g/m3.

As the city's air quality deteriorates, a number of doctors, transportation officials, and weather experts have advised residents to exercise caution. "Asthma is a respiratory ailment induced by environmental pollution in which the person experiences difficulty in breathing, a sense of pressure in the chest, and cough, creating phlegm. Allergies are the source of these symptoms," explains Dr MK Madnani, former president of the Allahabad Medical Association (AMA).

Air pollution may be harmful to the eyes as well. "Pollution affects the cells of the eyes, resulting in a rise in the problem of dryness, redness, and pain in the eyes," explains ophthalmologist Dr. Kamaljeet Singh. ?There is increased damage to the eyes due to the presence of components such as nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide in the polluted air," he added.

Environmental pollution is particularly harmful for the kidney, according to Dr. Anurag Singh, a renal specialist. Heavy metals that float through the air and enter the body via food become stuck in the kidneys. Kidney illness has become more common in recent years as a result of pollution.

"If we start obtaining clean air and water, not only will the kidneys benefit, but disease dissemination will be minimised as well," he adds. "Pollution in the air is bad for the skin because it causes it to lose its moisture and causes a variety of disorders, including redness, rosacea, and eczema," explains Dr. KG Singh, a senior dermatologist in the city. As a result, fine lines, wrinkles, and spots appear before their time."

The transport administration has also taken many steps to reduce vehicle-related air pollution. "Vehicles are checked on a regular basis, but there is still a lot of awareness that needs to be conveyed." People should attend our programmes to learn about environmental issues and how they can help rescue the environment. RK Maurya, regional transport officer (RTO), Prayagraj, said the department is "constantly taking measures in coordination with the Pollution Control Board." "Weather is also deteriorating air quality index in the city as lack of a little strong winds (blowing at a pace of 10 to 15 kmph) has damaged the AQI," says regional environment official RK Singh.