ABAI appeals Mumbaikars to refrain from burning fire-crackers

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Mumbai, Nov 4 (UNI) Asthma and Bromchitis Association of India (ABAI) has appealed to the Mumbaikars to refrain from burning the fire-crackers, which emit obnoxious pollutants and cause danger to health, especially to the patients with asthma and and chronic respiratory symptoms, during the Diwali festival.

According to Dr Pramod V Niphadkar, president of the ABAI, during Diwali time, there is a 25 per cent rise in the number of asthma and bronchitis patients coming to various hospitals in anticipation of a possible attack.

''Every year, at least 50 patients are worried and some of them are indeed scared of Diwali due to posionous smoke. Asthma OPDs are swelling and witnessing 25 per cent increase in attendence in anticipation of attacks of asthma,'' Dr Niphadkar said.

Stating that nearly 10 per cent of such patients have already left for safer places to escape from the high-level of pollution during the festival time, he said all the major financial cities across the world have banned the use of fire crackers forever. According to him, the sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide contents around the Diwali time go up to 30-40 per cent as most of these fire-crackers are made up of sulphur and phosphorus.

Dr Niphadkar said while air pollution goes upto 6-10 per cent during Diwali, its after effects last for weeks together.

''The toxic cause sneezing, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, respiratory failure and at times even temporary mental impairment,'' he said.

Advising the asthma patients to take their medicine regularly and keep emergency treatment ready with them, Dr Niphadkar on behalf of ten lakh asthma and bronchitis patients, has isssued a list of do's and dont's for the citizens, which include using only samll-size crackers and in reduced quantity, and not to burn them at choked streets and also not to use long-chain of crackers as that is quite harmful to the health.

UNI

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