Delhi BJP has urged the Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal to direct all government and private hospitals to set up 24-hour free chest clinics to help people.
By Rakesh Raman
As pollution continues to hover at dangerous levels in Delhi, people are already suffering from various ailments such as irritation in eyes, skin rashes, coughing, sneezing, hayfever, asthma attacks, and amnesia.
Although people of all ages and orientations will get affected, the persisting pollution will dangerously harm children and senior citizens in the entire city of Delhi.
It is estimated that air pollution is directly attacking the lungs of more than 6 million children and senior citizens in the city as they are not able to breathe properly.
While Delhi has limited medical facilities to treat pollution-related diseases, Delhi BJP expects Delhi Government headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to set up special chest clinics in all hospitals.
Although Kejriwal claims that he has set up Mohalla Clinics (community health care centres) for the people of Delhi, they usually do not open to treat the patients.
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Delhi BJP, therefore, has urged the Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal to direct all government and private hospitals to set up 24-hour free chest clinics to help people.
Local BJP president Manoj Tiwari said Sunday that Delhi has recorded a pollution level 4 to 7 times higher than the tolerable 60 µg/m3 limit. But, he added, the visionless Arvind Kejriwal government continues to be in an indecisive state.
Last week, Delhi Government – which is totally careless about school education – had randomly ordered the closure of schools with the unfounded belief that its decision will protect students from fatal pollution.
“With schools set to open and a heavy public activity likely on Monday after a weekend break the Kejriwal Government seems to be lost as it never formulated a strategy to fight such a climatic emergency,” Tiwari stated.
He added that people are worried and state administration especially in hospitals have failed the citizens. Tiwari urged the Lt. Governor of Delhi to call an all-party meeting to discuss the preparation to fight pollution and remedial measures.
Meanwhile, the Lt. Governor has reviewed the status of measures taken by various agencies to combat air pollution in Delhi.
It was informed to Lt. Governor that 18 new Real Time Air Pollution Monitoring Stations have been installed and are functional while two are under final stages of commissioning and calibration. He was also informed that Badarpur Thermal Power Station has been closed with effect from 17th October, 2017.
Photo courtesy: LG office
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