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  • Forty percent Mumbaikars skip their morning walk due to poor air quality

    Published on December 6, 2023

     Mumbai- Many citizens of Mumbai exercise every morning to keep themselves fit. Many people go for exercise and morning walk with a group of acquaintances so that they can get more enthusiasm in their daily life and stay away from small and big health ailments, but due to air pollution in Mumbai, citizens who exercise in the open air in the morning have taken a break from this.  The financial capital has been gripped under severe air pollution and has witnessed one of its most polluted in November month with the AQI rising above 300 in some of the western suburbs. According to a survey conducted by a private organization, 40 percent of the citizens of Mumbai have given temporary relief to their morning walk due to various symptoms such as cold cough, burning eyes and watery eyes, shortness of breath and sore throat due to air pollution. It is seen that the air quality level has deteriorated in some cities of the state including Mumbai. Air quality levels in some cities of the state are in the moderate to poor range. Air quality levels in the suburbs rank worse than Mumbai. Road dust, ongoing construction, industrial emissions, vehicular pollution are responsible for the high levels of PM 10 in Mumbai and suburban cities. Giving more information about this,  Pulmonologist Dr. Parthiv Shah from Apex Group of Hospitals, Borivali says ,”There are more than 12 lakh private vehicles in Mumbai and nearby cities and due to the emissions from them and pollution from industrial zones, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, lung cancer, inflammation of the respiratory tract, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and other asthmatic diseases are increasing. Air pollution can make COPD worse than covid. Due to impure and polluted air, respiratory diseases can increase threefold. Due to air pollution, the atmosphere remains contaminated till 11 am, so citizens suffering from asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and other diseases should avoid morning walk on these days. Air pollution affects people in different ways, older people, children and those with pre-existing health conditions are more sensitive to the health impacts of air pollution.”

    Among the 6475 cities of the world, Mumbai city is at the 124th position and it is important for Mumbaikars to take care of their health. Due to pollution, respiratory and skin related diseases are increasing. The amount of smog is higher in the morning and evening so avoid going out at such times and avoid going to crowded places and to avoid cold drinks and oily food added by Dr. Parthiv Shah from  Apex Group of Hospitals, Borivali. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Public Health Department has issued a health advisory due to the worsening air quality in the city in the last few days. The advisory suggested people to stay indoors and use N95 masks. The advisory also mentions avoiding outdoor morning and evening walks, runs, jogging and any other physical exercise. The dip in La Nina – the cooling of the ocean surface and change in wind patterns – partially caused a sudden spike in the particulate matter in the coastal city is also one of the main reasons for poor air quality in Mumbai and nearby cities.

    Apex Group of Hospitals is a chain of Hospitals managed and run by expert Medical Professionals with experience of 25 years. Currently Apex group of Hospitals manages more than 350+ beds and provides qualitative healthcare services to the people of Mumbai and surrounding areas. Apex Hospitals is located in Borivali, Kandivali & Mulund.

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