The Delhi government on Monday issued a health advisory for its citizens amid growing fears about high pollution levels in the NCR region. The advisory urges citizens to ‘avoid highly-polluted areas and those with lung diseases not to venture out for any activities’. The advisory further adds that in case people who experience ‘breathlessness, giddiness, chest pain, constriction of lungs, or irritation in eyes’ must visit the nearest ‘hospital/dispensary’ or their own ‘physician’.
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People are also advised to consume ‘plenty of fluids”and eat fruits rich in ‘Vitamin-C, like oranges and lemons. Regular gargles with warm water is also advised under the smoggy weather. Patients suffering from ”asthma” or ”other lung diseases” are especially advised to say indoors and to regularly take daily doses of their medicines or inhaler. They must avoid stepping outside even for ”morning or evening walks.”
The health advisory is among a string of measures undertaken by the Delhi government on Monday to tackle the pollution menace. Earlier in the day, the government decided to disallow overloaded, non-destined trucks into the city to reduce traffic congestion. The government also put a stoppage on all construction activity in Delhi till November 14 and declared that all pollution creating industries will also be shut down.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government also suggested the Centre to consider engineering artificial rain over Delhi and the NCR region which are grappling with record- breaking levels air pollution. At a meeting between the Centre and NCR states, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain said “the Centre should consider (engineering) artificial rains.” However, Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said there is a need to examine its “workability.”
In the meantime sprinklers and water pipes were used by Delhi municipality to wet most roads in attempt to reduce the dust level in Delhi-NRC region.