New Delhi: BLK Super speciality hospital is acutely mindful of the sorry state of airs in Delhi and its debilitating effect on the health of people, especially that of kids. So, in keeping with its commitment of high standard of treatment of patients, the super speciality hospital has also moved to treat airs in its vicinity.
As tree is the best medicine to treat polluted airs, BLK’s officials planted over 100 saplings in the neighbourhood on the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5). Senior doctors and nurses came together to take part in tree plantation drive.
On this occasion, Dr Sanjay Mehta, Head – Medical Services, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, who was a part of the plantation drive said, ‘For a healthy environment, Air Pollution needs to be checked and controlled. As a responsible citizen everybody should contribute in reducing health hazards caused by different kinds of pollution. We feel humbled in taking such small steps which will help in improving the air around us.’ Dr Mehta was joined by Sister Rosamma, Nursing Head and Dr Gurbachan Singh-Head Emergency Services at BLK Super Speciality Hospital among others.
In Delhi and other parts of the country, much of the healthcare is about treating people made patients by air pollution. Everyone living in Delhi is at risk of a slew of diseases. In India, air pollution is the third largest cause of death among all health risks. Long term of exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to nearly 50 lakhs of death from stroke, diabetes, heart attack, lung cancer and chronic lung disease.
Real concern is about kids and small children. The seriousness of the situation can be understood by the fact that just as a baby is born, he or she starts smoking about 40 cigarettes. And the worrying fact is experts are unable to assess the quantum of damage that air pollution might cause to newborns in a decade from now.